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In Medieval times, a jester’s job was to make people laugh. Create your own jovial jester. Your friends and family are sure to smile at its antics, especially on April Fool’s Day!
Read The Jester Has Lost His Jingle by David Saltzman or a similar story. Ask students to consider the questions: How did a jester’s humor enrich people’s lives? Why does laughing keep people healthy?
On a large piece of paper, use Crayola® Erasable Colored Pencils to draw the head of a jester wearing his three-point hat. Color him using Crayola Multicultural and Classic Markers. Cut out the head with Crayola Scissors. Trace it to make the back of the puppet. Students color and cut out the back.
Students cover their work area with recycled newspaper. Place the head pieces back to back. Seal the edges of the head (not the neck) with Crayola School Glue. Air-dry the head flat.
Stuff puppets with crumpled newspaper.
Paint a section of cardboard gift-wrap roll with Crayola Washable Tempera Paint. (Students could use the whole long roll and make an almost life-size puppet.) Air dry.
Glue the top of the tube into the jester’s neck. Air-dry.
On a large piece of construction paper, students draw a pointed collar. Color it with markers. Encourage students to use their imaginations to decorate the collars. Add small craft bells if possible. Cut out the collar and glue it to the jester’s neck. If a long gift-wrap roll is used, dress the rest of the puppet.
Students retell the story they read. Encourage students to make up original jester tales and tell jokes with the Jingling Jester.
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