Regal & Royal

Regal & Royal lesson plan

With Crayola® Gel Markers, dress up plain lunch bags. Turn them into glittering royal puppets. Put on a fairy-tale show fit for a king.

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    When the Cowardly Lion in <EM>The Wizard of Oz </EM>sings "If I were King of the forest…," he has lots of ideas about what life would be like if he were ruler. When you read fairy tales or hear the news, do you ever think about royal life? Being king or queen does have a lot of appeal. Why do you like the idea? Being boss? Wearing a crown and lots of jewels? Get ready for royalty with these regal-lineage hand puppets.

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    With Crayola Scissors, cut out regal puppet faces from bright paper. Keep your lunch bag folded through your puppet construction. Attach the paper face to the bottom of an upside-down bag with Crayola Glue Sticks. If you want your puppet to open its mouth, the face shape must overlap the bag’s bottom and main part. Cut the shape in two so that some of the face rises up and some stays down when you put your hand into the bag and open the fold with your fingers.

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    Draw facial features with Crayola Gel Markers. Place the puppet’s mouth where the bag splits apart. Draw teeth and a tongue inside the fold.

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    Cut two long rectangles of construction paper for your puppet’s arms and sleeves. Glue to bag’s side folds. Fashion hands at the end of the sleeves.

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    To make curly hair and beards, squiggle marks on a small paper square. Fold into a fan. Cut small strips across folds, leaving one end uncut. Slightly unbend folds. BOING!!

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    Cut out paper pieces for your royal clothes and crowns. To add designs, cover paper clothing with dots or patterns. Construct jewels by folding paper and adding marker lines. Remember, there are royal personages all over the world, and they dress very dif

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    Poke your hand up into the bag top. Move bottom fold so your puppet can issue royal commands. You and your classmates could combine puppets for a royal fairy tale show!


  • Children follow a multi-step process to construct a hand puppet.
  • Children decorate their puppets with collage and marker techniques.
  • Children present a puppet show with a royal subject.


  • Imagine what your life would be like if you were a king or queen. Think about the life of Prince William of England. What things would you not be able to do? What things would you have to do? Would you like being surrounded by bodyguards, nannies, and tut
  • There are many myths about kings and queens. Did you know that there was no king named Arthur? "King" Arthur might have been a warrior who lived 500 years before there were knights and castles in England. Choose a royal "fact" and research it to see if it
  • Find out about the different garments and adornments worn by royalty, past and present, in different areas of the world. Decorate your puppet in the style of one of them.