We haven’t made paper mache puppets in ages due to the time consuming steps involved. Eliminating the paint/dry/paint steps saved work time and prep time. Students started with a styrofoam ball and then added Model Magic to form animal heads. They carefully wrapped the heads in aluminum foil to hold the Model Magic in place. Ears were cut from cardboard, covered in foil and then taped to the head. I had to cut slits in the head to hold some of the wobbly ears. Students added 2 layers of tissue paper and Mod Podge for color. Felt scraps, fun foam shapes, wiggly eyes, pom poms and chenille stems were available for the details.
An old pencil inserted into the styrofoam acts as a handle.
We stuck the pencils in a styrofoam block to dry the heads.