Lesson 4: Decorating my puppet

Children decorate their hand puppet in keeping with their chosen storybook character using a variety of carefully selected materials.

Before the lesson

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Learning objective

  • To embellish my design using joining methods

National curriculum

Pupils should be taught to:

  • Design purposeful, functional, appealing products for themselves or other users based on design criteria
  • Select from and use a range of tools and equipment to perform practical tasks [for example, cutting, shaping, joining and finishing]
  • Evaluate their ideas and products against design criteria

Success criteria

Cross-curricular links

Attention grabber

Main event


Pupils needing extra support: may need support identifying what to join to their puppet and securing these decorations.


Pupils working at greater depth: may need to be pushed to explain what effect they are trying to achieve with each embellishment.

Wrapping up

Assessing pupils' progress and understanding


Created by:
Tom Turnham,  
Design & Technology specialist
Tom has been a teacher for seven years and, as Head of Upper School at The Belham Primary School, he has a keen interest in young people and good causes. For the past seventeen years he has volunteered with various…
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