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Presenting … our GLOBAL Marionettes!

Posted by on May 13, 2013

Do you know how to make a marionette? We do! Our teacher, Mrs. Renton, taught us how to make these splendid puppets in February! We’d love to tell you a little bit about the process we went through. Long before even getting started, we had to collect a MOUNTAIN of paper towel tubes, newspapers and a “big mouth” juice jug for EACH of us! It took us WEEKS to gather these materials.

Who would have EVER believed that a pile of paper towel tubes, newspapers and masking tape could be turned into ...

Who would have EVER believed that a pile of paper towel tubes, newspapers and masking tape could be turned into …

Once we had all these items, we were READY to BEGIN construction! We MUST have gone through SEVERAL kilometres of masking tape … well … maybe that was a LITTLE exaggerated … but, in order to build our structures we DID go through a TON of tape! Our classroom looked like a FACTORY as we all worked together to build the bodies, attach shoulders and form the faces of our marionettes piece by piece. Next came the papier mâché!

Working with the papier mâché paste might have been OOEY and GOOEY, and it MIGHT have looked a bit like mashed potatoes, but we were ON a MISSION! To make these structures STRONGER, we used flour and water paste to glue on small bits of brown paper towel. Each time we dipped our paper towels into the mixture we had to “milk” the glue off so that it was a THIN layer that would NOT drip. Each piece of paper towel had to be carefully placed so that the “skin” would be smooth like REAL skin! We had to do two solid layers and then we got to add our very special eyes, eye lids and lips! Once THIS was done, our marionettes looked more realistic.

… this! Wow! It was CERTAINLY worth the ooey gooey mess!

When they had dried, we sewed wool wigs for each of them. This was a GOOD thing because, without hair, they sure looked like E.T.! We got to take them home … but … we weren’t finished YET!

In Social Studies, we have been learning about four countries: Ukraine, India, Tunisia and Peru. Our challenge was to choose one of these countries, research the traditional clothing and DRESS our marionettes in that clothing. We are SUPER excited about creating a comic life, on the computers, with all the photos we have taken of our magnificent creations!

What’s cool is that this wasn’t just an ART project … it fit with social studies, science, language arts, and more! We hope we’ve inspired YOU to make your OWN marionettes at home! If you are looking for MORE information and pictures about the process, you could ALWAYS check our EARLIER post out!

For now, we HOPE you enjoy our Animoto!


23 Responses to Presenting … our GLOBAL Marionettes!

  1. Daytime Grandpa & Grandma

    Your animoto is just WONDERFUL!! The marionettes are really excellent – you must have had a lot of fun doing them and I can see that they will be treasures for years to come. Well-done!!

    • Jayden

      Hi Daytime Grandpa & Gandma!
      Thank you for leaving an AWESOME comment.:) I do agree that our animoto was pretty good. Making marionettes was pretty fun… but… paper mache was GOOY but we still loved it.:) Our marionettes WILL be treasures for years! I LOVED your comment, and I hope you leave a nother comment! 😉 Jayden (on behave of the Battalion Hawk Bloggers)

  2. Christopher's Gma

    Wow your creations are awesome…..I wish I was again in grade 3 in Your class with your awesome teacher!
    Thanks for sharing- I learn too.

    • Ben on behalf of the Battalion Hawk Bloggers

      Hi Christophers Grandma,

      Thank you for all of your awesome compliments. We really appreciate them. We agree she is SO awesome. We are sure we will feel like that next year.

      We hope you leave another AMAZING comment.

      Ben on behalf of the Battalion Hawk Bloggers

  3. Jayden and Mom

    What an AMAZING video! I can tell that you took a TON of time with these creations. They turned out beautiful! Good luck with comic life!
    Jayden and Mom 😉

    • AJ on the behalf of the Battalion Hawk Bloggers

      Hi Jayden and mom!

      Thank you for the compliments! You should try it. It’s totally worth the yuck.

      Again, thank you for the wonderful comment.

      AJ on the behalf of the Battalion Hawk Bloggers

  4. Joyce

    Hi Mrs. Renton and class,

    I am so happy that the Animoto for our Marionettes worked at home for me and also it played the whole thing perfectly with no hiccups. Our Marionettes are really making people to try to make it their selfs because all of the Marionettes are turning out FANTASTIC! And also, I have a funny story, when I brought my Marionette home, my brother was so freaked out that he never ever went near it! Anyways, I think the Animoto was the so good I enjoyed it with my family. Gluing the paste on was sure yucky, but we had to get with it. I had so much fun doing the Marionette, but not the paste … just KIDDING!!! Everything we did was amazing and I didn’t know that when you do step by step, you can make such an AMAZING thing. I can’t wait until we do the Comic Life!:)


    • The Battalion Hawk Bloggers

      Hi Joyce!

      Thanks for leaving another WONDERFUL comment, Joyce! We are so glad that the Animoto played really well WITHOUT hiccups for you at home. Many of us found the same thing. Maybe our internet is slow at school. Maybe it’s the bandwidth?

      It’s funny that your brother was so freaked out by your marionette. Amro’s brother LOVED his and he followed it WHEREEVER it went. When Jayden brought HER marionette home her brother kept trying to make it move … he thought it was REAL! After Davis brought HIS marionette home, his brother didn’t know what it was. He was a little freaked out too. We all agree that if you do somthing step by step often it can turn out really well.

      We can’t wait to see our finished Comic Lifes!

      The Battalion Hawk Bloggers 🙂

      • Joyce

        Hi Mrs. Renton and class,

        I think it is cool that Amro’s brother didn’t mind about the marionette! I never thought that Amro’s brother will follow the marionette. I also think that Jayden’s brother trying to make the marionette move was very funny! Davis’s brother freak out too? WOW! I thought I was the only one who’s brother freak out by my marionette. Hearing some of the brothers and sisters plus marionettes stories can sometimes cause people to giggle a little bit. Hmm I think I will talk about a different topic.

        Step by Step can turn out what you want when you try and never give up what you are doing and sometimes when you try to do it, things might not happen. I still think all the marionettes are well turned out!

        I am so excited about Comic Life when we do it!!!


        (one of the Battalion Hawk Bloggers)

        • Laurie Renton

          Joyce … I LOVE that you like to leave comments on our blog!

          I agree … it was TONS of fun to hear about the adventures our marionettes had while they spent time at home! You are right, Joyce – if you work, step by step, HUGE jobs seem MUCH easier!

          If you enjoyed all the time we spent with our marionettes … building them, dressing them, and eventually working on our Comic Life presentations … you should read Ross’s extended comment to us about PUPPETS! We will reply to him, next week, but you might really enjoy checking it out right now:

          Ross has included AMAZING information about a WIDE variety of puppets on his blog post! I can’t wait to hear what you think of his post!

          Mrs. Renton 🙂

  5. Eloise and Tommy

    Wow! Tommy just showed me the Animoto and it certainly inspired me to learn how to make videos! Terrific work grade 3 bloggers.

    • Rayann and Chelsea

      Hi Eloise and Tommy!

      Thank you for your wonderful comment! We are glad we inspired you to make some videos! We hope that we inspired you to make maroinettes too! 🙂 We hope you keep checking back!

      Rayann and Chelsea on behalf of the Battalion hawk bloggers:)

  6. Jayden's gramdma

    This looks like it was sooooo much fun (and soooo messy!!) . Great job. Keep up the good work. Jayden’s Grandma

    • Ben on behalf of the Battalion Hawk Bloggers

      Hi Jayden’s Grandma,

      Yes you’re right papier mache was SOOO messy but worth it. 🙂 Thanks for all of support and help. We hope you leave another AWESOME comment.

      Ben on behalf of the Battalion Hawk Bloggers 🙂

  7. Jayden's nana

    Good job grade 3. I really like your marionettes. Comic life will be just as easy as making the marionettes.
    I was inspired. Maybe I’ll make one too. Keep up the AMAZING work.
    nana 😉

    • The Battalion Hawk Bloggers

      Hi Jayden’s Nana!

      Thanks for leaving a comment! We appreciate the compliment on our marionettes … it makes us feel awesome to know that you like them! We are very excited to do comic life with pictures of our marionettes. These comic lifes will be about what we’ve learned about our countries.

      We hope you DO make a marionette … if you DO … send us some pictures! We would LOVE to see your marionette! We are glad that we have INSPIRED you!

      The Battalion Hawk Bloggers 🙂

  8. Ross Mannell

    Hello Battalion Hawk Bloggers,

    I think your puppets and description of how they were made is brilliant. Puppets are fascinating and, like many topics, have interested me. Choosing a nation so your puppets can wear national costumes is a great idea, one I had never considered despite having children in my classes from very many cultures and beliefs.

    Over the years, a number of my classes have made different types of puppets. This had me wondering what types of puppets can be found. I prepared an Extended Comment firstly looking at our continents and the countries you have chosen (through links) then looked at puppet types. I have added some links to You Tube clips showing some of the puppets. Here is the link…

    I will add a short message to this post within the next few days. As I will be involved in a Google Hangout session early tomorrow and later will be filming in a class, I will probably add the message on the weekend.

    Ross Mannell
    Teacher (retired), N.S.W., Australia

    • The Battalion Hawk Bloggers

      Hi Ross!

      We LOVED this extended comment … as usual … and came away with SO much more knowledge … and MORE questions and things we want to further research! You ALWAYS extend our learning and create even MORE curiosity in our learning journey! We know that there will be MANY Battalion Hawk Bloggers will be going home to FURTHER their puppet knowledge, thanks to you!

      Here are some of our thoughts about your Global Marionette Post:

      “Thank you for leaving ANOTHER comment! We are so sorry that it took us so long to reply! My favourite puppet is the Bunraku puppet and the tickle bug! You taught us a lot too! We only knew about a few of the puppets you have listed, like the sock puppet, rod puppet and the shadow puppet! We loved how you only did videos for only a few of the puppets! We would like to find out what a water and object and light curtain, and carnival or body puppet is too! For the research that we did on the wikipedia we that you provided for us, we realized that the puppets we made are ROD puppets! You make our brains think a lot! Thank you once again for your AMAZING comment, Ross!” ~Lauren and Ella

      “Hi Ross! Thank you so much … we worked very hard on “presenting our Global Marionettes”! Yes, it was pretty hard to decide which country to choose, but we had a little help from a little friend I like to call “curriculum”! I personally know the story of how India joined Asia and created the Himalayas. But many of my classmates didn’t before you told us! Wow. We didn’t know Tunisia was the smallest country in Africa. I wonder if any city will ever grow on Antarctica? I didn’t know that Ukraine was once a part of the Soviet Union! Canada is kind of like Australia in the way that we have no main traditional clothing, (unless you count the first nations clothing). Cool – your back ground is kind of like mine. Yours is English and Scottish. Mine is English, Scottish, Irish and French. For example, my last mane is Scottish. Oh … puppets interested you since you were little! I was never really interested in them until now! That was a lot of types of puppets! My favourite type is probably the black light puppet! We discovered that our marionettes are actually rod puppets! Ha! Ha! Kermit the frog is probably one of the all time favourites. Yes … puppets have sky rocketed on the charts! Your videos were AWESOME!” Ben

      “Hi Ross! We are glad you liked our marionette presentation! Yes … we agree. It is a hard decision to decide between all those countries! We think that’s fascinating that the Himalayan mountains formed because Asia and India collided! Wow. It’s cool that Tunisia is the smallest nation in northern Africa. We do have it covered … we do know lots of interesting facts about North America! You guys are like us. We don’t really have traditional clothing either. We wonder what inspired you to get interested in puppets. Our class didn’t know that there are so many different types of puppets! We bet that there are even more types of puppets! We really enjoyed your comment, Ross!” ~Danny, Chris P and Tommy

      “Hi Ross! I liked the puppets with the videos! I have a question! I don’t know what a water puppet is! I liked the shows with the puppets!” ~Dimitri

      “Hi Ross! Thank you for leaving an Extended Comment! We LOVED the first puppet video – they were the funniest puppets we’ve ever seen. Kermit was cute! We LOVED the War Horse productions … it’s AMAZING how STRONG the puppet horses were!” ~Chelsea, Rayann and Rebecca

      “Hi Ross! Thank you SO much for leaving a comment! I LOVED your puppet videos! My favourite video is the marionette goat video! The goat looked VERY real! All the puppet types were neat! The video where the turtle puppet and the guy looked like the turtle was actually talking. I found that the black light puppet video was funny and weird. Funny how the puppets were dancing and weird how some of the puppets looked. The Bunraku puppet video was cool, and at some points, it looked like theh puppet was fighting! Ross, I really LOVE how in EVERY comment you leave, you’re ALWAYS inspiring us with a TON of interesting facts. Thank you once again for leaving an AWESOME comment! They always ROCK!” ~Jayden

      “Hi Ross! Thanks for the amazing comment! My favourite puppets are the rod and string puppets. I think the best video was the “It’s not easy being green” video. It’s funny because at the end Kermit the Frog says I like’s being green! I wonder if all of the muppets are rod and stick puppets? How many kinds of puppets are there? I couldn’t count all the puppets you listed! Have you ever seen the Muppets? Thank you, Ross … ! you have encouraged me to start making puppets!” ~Christopher

      “Hi Ross! Thank you for the wonderful comment! We appreciate the time you spend on us! Your favourite puppet is Kermit the frog? Do you know Mine Craft? There’s a player named “Kermit” in it! I am wondering … if Peru and Tunisia were the same shape, which would be bigger? Asia is totally bigger than North America … but it’s also the same comparison for the Americas and Afro-Eurasia, Asia, Europe, Africa). Again, thank you for one of your amazing comments!” ~AJ

      “Hi Ross! Thank you for your wonderful comment. All 3 of us know about the Himalayan Mountains. We also know about the Continental Drift from long ago! Tre’s favourite kind of puppet is the sock puppet. Amro’s favourite puppets are the black light puppets. Tre’s second favourite puppet is Elmo. Even though Elmo is a kind of babyish puppet, Elmo is a favourite character for old and young! Kermit is also a great puppet.” ~Amro, Elijah and Tre

      “Hi Ross! We love that you did some research and put some youtube videos on your blog! It’s cool to see different puppets move. The black light puppets ROCK singing the song! We never heard of the Bunraku puppets. Mrs. Renton said that she has made sock puppets before! Tickle Bug? We have NO idea what it is! Can you tell us, Ross? We think ours is a rod puppet. Thank you for leaving an AWESOME comment again!” ~James

      “Hi Ross. We really liked your puppet post! Our two favourites were the War Horses and the black light puppets. We liked your favourite puppet too. What was YOUR favourite youtube puppet video? How did you find out about India and Asia crashing into each other? Have you ever seen the real movie War Horse? It has a lot of action in it … just like the puppet War Horses in the video. Wa sthe black light puppet video a real song? We really loved the song! Thank you for the awesome puppet videos!” ~Nick and Constantine

      “Hi Ross. Thank you for your aAMAZING comment! I think that all of the videos about puppets and marionettes are really cool because the people who moved the puppets made it look so real … like the goat puppet! At first, I thought it was real then we could see some strings moving so we knew that someone was moving it! I think that our marionettes are rod puppets because we could move the arms. The shadow puppet and the war horse puppet video looked like everything was real. You make us think Ross! Thank you again for your amazing comment!” ~Joyce

      • Ross Mannell

        This comment is repeated in the comments section of my puppetry post…

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        Hello Battalion Hawk Bloggers,

        I know your school year will soon end and it will be time for summer break before you return to school for new adventures. It’s hard to believe the school year has gone so quickly but I know you have all made a difference in your lives and the lives of others. 🙂

        Lauren and Ella – Like you, my time can be full of activities and it can be hard to answer quickly but I always try to comment in time. Banraku is a very traditional puppet form but I have only seen You Tube clips. Ticklebugs are simple because they only use your hand. My dad would have me giggling with a ticklebug when I was little .

        Ben – I suspect there may eventually be people living on Antarctica permanently but I hope it is done very carefully. Antarctica has a very fragile environment. A city would cause major changes if from nothing else, from the heat it would make.
        I have relatives who have been working to trace my family history on my father’s side. I know I have ancestors from very many places in the world. We all do. It’s just a matter of how far back we look. Go back far enough and we are all related. I wrote a post about family back in July, 2012…

        Danny, Chris P and Tommy – When I come up with an idea for an extended comment by remembering information, I like to research to find out more. I was surprised at some of the puppet types I found but over the years I have used many puppet types for fun and learning. I still have a number of glove puppets I used when I was working with K/1 children. They were great for keeping their attention.

        Dimitri – Until I researched, I didn’t know about water puppets. They are a little like rod puppets but the rod is kept underwater so the puppets appear to be walking over the water. Here is a link with more information on water puppetry from Vietnam…

        Chelsea, Rayann and Rebecca – Black light puppets are interesting. You would need fluorescent colours and a black light (ultraviolet light) for them to work but plain white material or paint might also work. I added another black light puppet clip on my puppetry post for you to see. The puppeteers used white gloves as puppets with some flouro coloured props.

        Jayden – I once had an ostrich marionette for my class to use. It can take some time to learn how to move it well. I can remember untangling strings many times. They can be fun to use. Look at my original puppet post. I have added a favourite marionette clip from the movie, “The Sound of Music” for you and Joyce (who liked the goat marionette).

        Christopher – The Muppets have always been favourites of mine. Most are rod and glove puppets but I know they have had a number of types. I have embedded some other Muppets video clips in my puppet post. They have been in movies and television shows. You will see there were many different puppets including glove, rod and glove, and body puppets.

        AJ – There are some classes I have visited using Minecraft as part of their collaborative (group) activities in class. Two children I sometimes care for also play the game. A check online through Wikipedia shows me these are the areas of Peru and Tunisia…
        Peru – 1,285,216 square kilometres
        Tunisia – 163,610 square kilometres
        This means almost six Tunisias would fit in one Peru.
        When comparing nations, we must also look at the land itself. As you know, there are large areas of Canada where few people live just like there are in Australia. For you, it’s the cold conditions. For us it’s deserts.

        Amro, Elijah and Tre – I know Elmo is a favourite on Sesame Street. He is the cute Muppet character and the baby of the clan I think. I like him too. I added an Elmo clip to the puppet post. 🙂

        James – When researching for your class, I discovered puppet types I didn’t know but a ticklebug was one I knew without knowing what it was called. You use your hand. The middle finger becomes the head or neck and the outer fingers the four legs. You can draw patterns or faces on them.

        Nick and Constantine – I am fascinated by the puppetry used in Warhorse. I have seen similar puppets in the form of dinosaurs. They thrilled school students as the “dinosaurs” interacted with students. I have the “Warhorse” movie in my DVD library.
        You might have guessed I have many interests. Science is one big interest and geology is an interest in science. Here is a link to a post I wrote for another class in March this year. It looked at plate tectonics…

        Joyce – There are so many fascinating things in our world if we only take the time to look. Puppets are one of many things I find interesting. I know the goat looks cute. Jayden also liked the marionette goat so I added another clip showing marionettes in the movie, “The Sound of Music”.

        Ross Mannell
        Teacher (retired), N.S.W., Australia

  9. Ross Mannell

    Hello Battalion Hawk Bloggers,

    Here is the short message I promised in the above comment.

    My Extended Comments for Students blog turned one on May 22. Two classes receiving a post nearest the blog’s birthday have been sent a small gift…

    Ross Mannell
    Teacher (retired), N.S.W., Australia

    • The Battalion Hawk Bloggers

      Hi Ross!

      Wow … your extended comments for students blog is ONE YEAR old!!! HAPPY birthday!

      Mrs. Renton is being REALLY tricky!!! She isn’t opening the link to your extended comment about your blog’s FIRST birthday … until we’ve made some GUESSES about what the “small gift” might be!!! Some of us think this small gift MIGHT be:

      – a whippet … nope … TOO big!
      – some samples of different rocks!
      – the cow that RIDES in the whippet, (Daisy)? Nope … TOO big!
      – the Udder Gang … nope that’s REALLY too big!
      – a BIRTHDAY cake? Nope … that would … squish in the mail! (Actually, with how long snail mail CAN take … squashed would be the LEAST of our problems!!!)
      – a DVD about how to use a clapperboard … nope … you’ve already explained THAT process!
      – a letter about how you celebrated your blog’s birthday … maybe with a QR code for a link? Hmm … maybe!
      – a SIGNED copy of the “Don’t Let the Cow Drive the Whippet” poem … since you are a PROFESSIONAL poet TOO! Maybe!

      Okay … now she’s actually going to let us check it out!

      WHAT … an ANTEATER?!? We sure hope it’s STUFFED!!! Actually, MANY of us think it would ROCK to have a REAL spiny anteater come to stay with us!!! But, after reading some of the AMAZING information and watching the video you shared with us on your Extended Comments Blog … we think stuffed was the BEST choice … especially with the Echidna’s “spiny defense”!!!

      We think MANY of us have a NEW favourite animal … and that means we are going to have to do some more research! We CAN’T wait for our new little Australian mascot to come and hang out with us and our koala!!!

      It is SO generous that it is YOUR blog’s birthday and yet you are sending gifts to us! It is JUST like you to continue on with generosity this way too! We think you are AMAZING!!!

      When the small package arrives from Australia, we will take a bunch of photos … and MAYBE even do another blog post about this amazing experience!

      Thank you, Ross! We MAY have some MORE questions about the Spiny Anteater after we do some more research! We are SOOO excited! Happy Birthday Extended Comment Blog!!! 🙂

      The Battalion Hawk Bloggers 🙂

      PS See Ross’s Happy Birthday Extended Comment Blog here:

  10. Ross Mannell

    This comment also appears on my blog.

    Hello Battalion Hawk Bloggers,

    Mrs. Renton may be tricky but I know I would have done the same if I had a surprise for my class. It must be a teacher’s trick to build the tension and get imaginations working. 🙂

    I like some of the creative ideas for what the gift might have been. They show you have been following what I’ve shared on the blog.

    Our spiny anteaters (echidna) are remarkable little animals. They are protected in Australia. To keep one you need a zoo licence but that doesn’t mean they won’t choose to visit. I have seen them a number of times when hiking, have seen two in parks around town and even found one exploring our garden one day. Their spines are hard to the touch and sharp but they are gentle animals. They can’t bite and rely on digging strong claws into the ground and showing only their spines until danger goes.

    Your little echidna is around 15 to 20cm long. I wonder what you will call it? He or she didn’t tell me if he or she was a girl or boy. 🙂

    In a writing challenge, I was asked to write 104 words using the prompt “the points were sharp”. I know many would write about making points in an argument or speech but I thought about the little echidna. Here’s a link to the story. It does use some harder words…

    The other class receiving their little echidna already has it but they are much closer to me, about a nine or ten hour drive.

    If you have any further echidna questions, I’ll do my best to answer them. If only there was a way to experience touching and holding one over the internet, I’m certain my friends at Potoroo Palace would arrange it.

    Imagine if one day Skype or Google HangOut catered for all five of our senses. A virtual echidna might appear in your room. 🙂

    Ross Mannell

    • The Battalion Hawk Bloggers

      Hi Ross!

      We received your little SURPRISE in the MAIL yesterday!!! We spent LOTS of time on the iPads researching MORE about Spike! He is SO adorable! We felt SPOILED because YOU sent US a present when it was YOUR blog’s BIRTHDAY!!! You are SUCH a giver, Ross!

      We had SO much fun opening the gift, naming our new classmate, introducing him to our koala, Slowpoke, and RESEARCHING … that we wrote YOU a SPECIAL blog post.

      Be WARNED … we have MORE questions for you! We LOVE the way you’re ALWAYS get our minds wandering!!! Happy READING, Ross!

      We LOVED your 100 word story about the echidna … it would have been HARD to think of a story with the starter “… the points were sharp …” unless you KNEW about the adorable echidna. 😉

      The Battalion Hawk Bloggers 🙂

      Ross’s blog and comments about the birthday SURPRISE can be found at:

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