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Lesson Plans

re: o.k. ages for paper mache

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holmgren (holmgren)
Thu, 9 Apr 98 22:14:41 -0500

Rachel, re:

>I will be "working" (unpaid) with a small (8-10)
>group of girls on puppet making this summer. Some
>of them may be as young as first grade. I had
>planned to make some paper mache puppet heads with
>them, but now I wonder if the littlest kids can
>handle it.

Why don't you try using pariscraft, or the plastercraft strips everyone
has been talking about on the list recently. I have done numerous puppet
projects with preschool aged children to 5th grade using styrofoam balls
and pariscraft pieces. The older the child, the more sophisticated the
procedure can become (i.e., adding foam pieces , pipe cleaners, etc. to
the styrofoam as a base on which to add more plaster strips). I have
also used old tennis balls as a base for the puppet heads. I generally
make stick puppets; a dowel rod or tongue depressor stuck into the styro
ball. Square cloth pieces can be decorated and the stick inserted into
them. I also sometimes have the children make puppet bodies (people or
animals) with tagboard pieces glued together and painted.

Good luck!