Lesson 6: Craft and Design 3: Shadow puppets

Children create cat and mice shadow puppets from templates or by drawing their own silhouettes, then make and decorate a puppet theatre using a cereal box, ready for a performance

Before the lesson

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Learning objective

  • To use different materials to make a three-dimensional artwork

National curriculum

Pupils should be taught to:

  • develop their techniques, including their control and their use of materials, with creativity, experimentation and an increasing awareness of different kinds of art, craft and design.
  • create sketch books to record their observations and use them to review and revisit ideas 
  •  improve their mastery of art and design techniques, including drawing, painting and sculpture with a range of materials [for example, pencil, charcoal, paint, clay]   

Success criteria

Cross-curricular links

Attention grabber

Main event


Pupils needing extra support: The attached mouse designs can be traced onto the card for the children to cut out for the mouse characters.

Pupils working at greater depth: More confident artists can design their own character puppets

Wrapping up

Assessing pupils' progress and understanding


Created by:
Simon Chubb,  
Art & Design specialist
Simon is a teacher, cartoonist and artist. He uses his 25 years of experience to teach art in schools and has his own workshop business ‘Scartoons’ in which children create comic characters and strips. Simon is a member of The…
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