Hats & Bats Puppets

Hats & Bats Puppets lesson plan

Everyone can be a player with these sporty Model Magic® hand puppets. These glove and rod puppets are stars!

  • 1.

    Students share their favorite sport with the class and design their own team of athletic puppets! Try either one of these ways to create puppets.

  • 2.

    To make glove puppet: Form Crayola Model Magic into a puppet head-sized ball. Stick your ring and middle fingers into the bottom of the head so it stays on your hand. Shape a face. Poke in some parts and add modeling compound for eyes, nose, and mouth. Form ears and forehead. Air-dry the puppet head.

  • 3.

    If you want a shiny puppet, seal it with a glue mixture. Here’s how: Cover the art area with recycled newspaper. Mix equal amounts of Crayola School Glue and water in a foam produce tray. With a foam brush, cover the dry Model Magic. Air-dry the coating.

  • 4.

    Using Crayola Fabric Markers, decorate the front and back of a recycled glove. Make it look like a player’s uniform. Slip the head on your gloved fingers. You’re ready to put on a show.

  • 5.

    To make rod puppet: Follow Step 2 to form a puppet head. Poke a small wooden dowel or Crayola colored pencil into the head (like a neck). With more Model Magic, make two athletes’ hands large enough to hold sports equipment. Poke a dowel in each hand. Air-dry the head and hands.

  • 6.

    If you want a shiny puppet, follow step 3.

  • 7.

    Cut fabric for the player’s jersey with Crayola Scissors. Poke a small hole for the neck to fit through. The material will hang like a poncho, with arms on sticks coming out of the sides.

  • 8.

    With Fabric Markers, design the sports jersey with numbers, name, and designs. Slip dowel through fabric. Wrap a rubber band around the fabric inside the neck to hold the uniform in place.

  • 9.

    Work your rod puppet with two hands, one holding the head stick and the other working both hand sticks. It takes some practice!

  • 10.

    Use Model Magic to form sports equipment for your players, such as helmets and balls. Make their sizes match the puppets. Air-dry the sports equipment before re-enacting the big game!


  • LA: Read with sufficient accuracy and fluency to support comprehension.
  • LA: Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas, concepts, and information through the selection, organization, and analysis of relevant content.
  • LA: Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English capitalization, punctuation, and spelling when writing.
  • LA: Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions with diverse partners on grade level topics and texts, building on others' ideas and expressing their own clearly.
  • LA: Report on a topic or text, tell a story, or recount an experience in an organized manner, using appropriate facts and relevant, descriptive details to support main ideas or themes; speak clearly at an understandable pace.
  • SS: Identify roles as learned behavior patterns in groups situations such as student, family member, peer play group member, or club member.
  • SS: Give examples of and explain groups and institutional influences such as religious beliefs, laws, and peer pressure, on people, events, and elements of culture.
  • VA: Intentionally take advantage of the qualities and characteristics of art media, techniques, and processes to enhance communication of experiences and ideas.
  • VA: Select and use the qualities of structures and functions of art to improve communication of ideas.
  • VA: Use subjects, themes, and symbols that demonstrate knowledge of contexts, values, and aesthetics that communicate intended meaning in artworks.


  • Possible classroom resources include: Casey at the Bat: A Ballad of the Republic Sung in the Year 1888 by Ernest L. Thayer; Casey at the Bat (Visions in Poetry) by Ernest L. Thayer; A Writing Kind of Day: Poems for Young Poets by Ralph Fletcher
  • Working in small groups, students practice "Casey at the Bat" for presentation to classmates. Encourage students to dress as a ball player and bring in any appropriate props available. Use large pieces of recycled cardboard to sketch and paint a backdrop for presentations.
  • Students research an important moment in sports history, but as Jackie Robinson's Brooklyn game or Jesse Owens' Olympic victory. Write a poem about the sports moment. Be prepared to present it to classmates. If time permits, use large pieces of recycled cardboard to sketch and paint a backdrop for presentations.