Fish Sticks Puppets residency


Number of sessions: One session of 55 minutes duration plus final evaluation and cleaning up.

Target language: Totally in English, totally in Spanish, or bi-lingual.

Target population: 7 - 9 years old (third grade).


You'll have the wonderful opportunity to meet different varieties of tropical fish, such as "the pumpkin seed", "the angel" and "the queen trigger" fish, as we learn to make three dimensional Fish Stick Puppets. They can choose one kind of tropical fish and complete the puppet creation by tracing, drawing, cutting, sculpting, decorating or coloring it. We will perform at the end an original script using the handcrafted puppets we have created for animation and body movement. Such script has a wonderful way to introduce the food chain but also shows how some animals have its own mechanisms to avoid it; we will use one of the science standards “some animals look like other animals to avoid being eaten”.

As you see, this can be a wonderful and interactive opportunity for your students to meet the creative “world of puppetry” and to accomplish this science standard “Animals have behavioral and structural adaptations for getting protection from predators. Some animals have camouflage that allows them to stay concealed by blending in with their surroundings; some animals look like other animals to avoid being eaten.   Structural adaptations include things such as sharp quills, hard shells or antlers. Behavioral adaptations include actions such as staying absolutely still, producing a bad odor, appearing or sounding scary, or fleeing.”.
They will have the assistance of a professional puppeteer followed by their own experience of coloring, pasting, gluing, cutting, and playing with their puppet character, working together towards to a playful creation of their own tropical fish sticks puppets at the end.

This is an exciting hands on puppetry workshop that explores the construction of a fish stick puppet from our sample of tropical fish pictures studied in their science class unit.


At the complexion of this art experience students will be able to:

Identify three or more different types of tropical fish through their puppet making.

Remember from the puppet play how small fish can regroup or work together to defend and create strategies from predators or big fish.

Appreciate and learn about sea life in warm waters as these habitats will increase as part of our warming phenomena in our fragile planet called “Earth”.

Create more fish sticks puppets.

Work with other classmates on specific group projects.

Know and identify different types of puppetry.


  1. To expose students through a creative art process.

  2. To accomplish science learning standard #3: Heredity and evolution – What processes are responsible for life's unity and diversity? Students will recreate an ocean scene where its fish sticks puppets will interact with each other to defeat or scare its predator.

  3. To get students interest by approaching them from a playful and artistic medium such as theater, puppetry and body movement!

  4. To set
    up an art experience in a way that promotes individual and group effort among students, promoting social skills and understanding the concept of team-work.

  5. To provide a pedagogical and unique tool to teachers so they can use it in their future lesson plans.

  6. To use English, Spanish, or both languages to follow directions and also to tell a story using puppetry.

  7. To encourage and challenge students to use Puppet Theater and body movement because it draws on such a wide variety of art forms. It allows the participants to explore different kinds of art, such as music, puppets, painting, theater, drawing, movement, literature, etc.

  8. To promote a safe environment where we will explore and play, allowing theater, and puppetry to light our way of learning and joy!

    1. Materials:

    • White paper (64 pounds weight)
    • Feathers
    • Glue – Stapler
    • Skewers
    • Water colors paint – crayons - markers.
    • Scissors
    • Pencils
    • Long sticks 3 feet.
      Technical requirements:
    • A table or space for placing the materials.
    • Wall outlet.