Puppets Incursion (Levels 3 & 4)

Theme: Design & Technology – Engineering
Level: 3 & 4

Students will explore design technologies used in different types of puppets. They will investigate how forces and the properties of materials affect the behaviour of a puppet.


  • Identify puppets from the past and present.
  • Examine a variety of puppets to identify how forces and materials are used in the design of a puppet.
  • Investigate how puppets work: push and pull forces, how they are joined and what type of machines are used in their construction (e.g. levers and pivots).
  • Discuss the purpose of a puppet.
  • Identify materials that are suitable for movement and for stability.
  • Test how a lever works.
  • Test how a pivot can be used to do a number of movements.
  • Make two different types of puppets that use levers and pivots.
  • Observe how recycled materials can be used.
  • Be inspired to design puppets and other recycled contraptions.


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