No Pens Day

Welcome to the No Pens Puppet Show

Let’s get making!

No Pens Wednesday is an initiative from the ICAN Charity.

We have created a range of FREE creative downloadable resources and videos so that you can put on a puppet show with your class.

You have two ways you can make your puppets: either using ‘Modroc’ which is available from all art material suppliers (sometimes known as ‘art roc’) or you can print out our downloadable cardboard puppet templates.

Click on the Key Stage 1 or Key Stage 2 guides below which will help you through the process.

We hope you enjoy making your puppet show… but just remember, no pens allowed!

🏆🥇We’d love to see your finished work – please send any pictures to info@artburst.co.uk or tag us @artburst on Instagram or @artburstltd on Facebook and Twitter and we’ll send your class a certificate! 🥇🏆

KS1

Teacher and Visual Guides KS1

Download our teacher step by step guide to help you through the process of putting on your puppet show.

To increase accessibility for No Pens Wednesday we have created some visual guides for visual learners.

Teacher Guide KS1, click to download.
Modroc Visual Guide, click to download.
Tick-list Visual Guide, click to download.
Start/Finish Board, click to download.

Now go to our Goldilocks Makaton Signs video.

Goldilocks Makaton Signs

Learn the Goldilocks Makaton Signs with Ndea

At Artburst we love using Makaton signing in our interactive storytelling and in our Artburst songs. We are proud to say that we are Makaton approved 😊👌.

Here are some signs that are perfect to use with Goldilocks and the Three Bears.

Practice joining in using our Goldilocks Sign Along Guide.

Now watch the Goldilocks Makaton Story with your class. Don’t forget to join in!

Goldilocks Makaton Story

Join in with our version of Goldilocks and the Three Bears

We wrote our own version of Goldilocks and the Three Bears. We would like you to join in with your class so you get to know the story really well ready for your puppet show.

Be sure to add actions and sound effects too!

Now watch the Goldilocks Puppet Show.

The Goldilocks Puppet Show

Turn a story into a puppet show.

Thank you for joining in with our version of Goldilocks and the Three Bears. It’s time to make it come to life with puppets. Here’s how we did ours.

The Goldilocks Puppet Show

Now it’s your turn use our downloadable resources and video guides to make your own Goldilocks Puppet Show.

Go to Make your Puppets videos and downloadable resources.

Make your Puppets

How will you make your puppets, Modroc or cardboard?
Modroc

We love using modroc at Artburst. It is a multi-sensory experience. You can buy modroc (sometimes known as artroc) at any art material suppliers.

Cardboard

Can’t get hold of any modroc in time? Have no fear we have some nice simple alternatives with our downloadable cardboard templates. If you are feeling confident then you can just paint straight onto cardboard, wait for it to dry, cut it out and pop it on a stick. No need to use any pens!

Modroc Puppet Guide, click to download.
Card Bear Guide, click to download.
Card Goldilocks, click to download.
Card Puppet People, click to download.
Haven’t got the right puppet templates? Why not paint your own, that’s what we did here for our Hummingbird.

Now go and make your Puppet Theatre.

Puppet Theatre

You’ve got your puppets, you’ve got your story now it’s time to make the theatre and set so that you can perform your show.

Make a Puppet Theatre

Print out our resource onto strong A3 card and decorate it with collage or paint.

Use our downloadable Puppet Theatre Template, make sure you print it on A3. Then you can paint and/or collage it.

We’d love you to paint your own backdrops but if you are stuck for ideas then you can use our templates below. Add collage if you can to make your theatre sets come to life.

Here are some paint-a-long videos for inspiration.

Paint-a-long Puppet Theatre video.
Paint-a-long Goldilocks Backdrops.
Paint-a-long Orange Tree Backdrop

🎨✂️You can find all the downloadable templates below!✂️🎨

You now have everything you need so go and perform your show! Why not film it, add music and sound effects?

Bedroom Backdrop, click to download.
Kitchen Backdrop, click to download.
Night Sky Backdrop, click to download.
Cottage Backdrop, click to download.
A3 Puppet Theatre, click to download.
Orange Tree Back Drop, click to download.

Send your work to showcase on our No Pens Gallery page.

🏆🥇We’d love to see your finished work – please send any pictures to info@artburst.co.uk or tag us @artburst on Instagram or @artburstltd on Facebook and Twitter and we’ll send your class a certificate! 🥇🏆

Gallery

We’d love to see your finished Puppet Shows, please send us your films and photos and we’ll showcase them here and send you a certificate!
We had a go at writing our own poem. What would be your best birthday ever?

KS2

Make your Puppets

How will you make your puppets, Modroc or cardboard?
Modroc

We love using modroc at Artburst. It is a multi-sensory experience. You can buy modroc (sometimes known as artroc) at any art material suppliers.

Cardboard

Can’t get hold of any modroc in time? Have no fear we have some nice simple alternatives with our downloadable cardboard templates. If you are feeling confident then you can just paint straight onto cardboard, wait for it to dry, cut it out and pop it on a stick. No need to use any pens!

Modroc Puppet Guide, click to download.
Card Bear Guide, click to download.
Card Goldilocks, click to download.
Card Puppet People, click to download.
Haven’t got the right puppet templates? Why not paint your own, that’s what we did here for our Hummingbird.

Now go and make your Puppet Theatre.

Puppet Theatre

You’ve got your puppets, you’ve got your story now it’s time to make the theatre and set so that you can perform your show.

Make a Puppet Theatre

Print out our resource onto strong A3 card and decorate it with collage or paint.

Use our downloadable Puppet Theatre Template, make sure you print it on A3. Then you can paint and/or collage it.

We’d love you to paint your own backdrops but if you are stuck for ideas then you can use our templates below. Add collage if you can to make your theatre sets come to life.

Here are some paint-a-long videos for inspiration.

Paint-a-long Puppet Theatre video.
Paint-a-long Goldilocks Backdrops.
Paint-a-long Orange Tree Backdrop

🎨✂️You can find all the downloadable templates below!✂️🎨

You now have everything you need so go and perform your show! Why not film it, add music and sound effects?

Bedroom Backdrop, click to download.
Kitchen Backdrop, click to download.
Night Sky Backdrop, click to download.
Cottage Backdrop, click to download.
A3 Puppet Theatre, click to download.
Orange Tree Back Drop, click to download.

Send your work to showcase on our No Pens Gallery page.

🏆🥇We’d love to see your finished work – please send any pictures to info@artburst.co.uk or tag us @artburst on Instagram or @artburstltd on Facebook and Twitter and we’ll send your class a certificate! 🥇🏆

Teacher and Visual Guides KS2

Use our teacher guide and visual guides to plan your lesson.

We would like to help you make these activities as accessible as possible so here are some visual guides for visual learners.

KS2 Teacher guide, click to download.
Tick-list, click to download.
Modroc Puppet, click to download.
Start finish board, click to download.

Now go to the Choose a Poem page.

Choose a Poem

What is your favourite poem?

Have a look through some poetry books and see if you can find a short poem that you really like.

The best way to read poetry is out loud – why not sit with a friend and take it in turns to read to each other?

When you find a poem that brings pictures to your mind you will have enough inspiration to turn it into a puppet show.

We used Benjamin Zephaniah’s poem This Orange Tree as an example.
This Orange Tree Puppet Show

Got your poem? Now go and make your puppets.

Gallery

We’d love to see your finished Puppet Shows, please send us your films and photos and we’ll showcase them here and send you a certificate!
We had a go at writing our own poem. What would be your best birthday ever?