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.
  • Observe how recycled materials can be used.
  • Be inspired to design puppets and other recycled contraptions.

Take home

Make two different types of puppets that use levers and pivots.



  • Forces can be exerted by one object on another through direct contact or from a distance (VCSSU064)

Design & Technology

  • Investigate how forces and the properties of materials affect the behaviour of a designed solution (VCDSTC024)
  • Investigate the suitability of materials, systems, components, tools and equipment for a range of purposes (VCDSTC027)


“Very good. Would have booked it using smaller classes next time so all student could have more time with the instructor.” Karoo Primary School


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