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Paper puppets activitySince schools are out, RHM is here to provide some educational resources for families and students to do at home! Museum staff aims to keep updating this page with more lesson plans and craft activities in the next few weeks. For now, enjoy some of our resources for learning about Coast Salish culture and do some craft activities that teach about life in Renton!


Bentwood Box activity

The Coast Salish are a group of ethnically and linguistically related indigenous people from the Pacific Northwest area. Coast Salish people have lived in Washington, Oregon, and British Columbia since time immemorial. This activity teaches about bentwood boxes, a traditional Coast Salish box made from cedar. (Recommended K through 5)

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Bentwood Box template

Big Picture: Coast Salish Culture

By analyzing and comparing maps and photographs from the Renton History Museum’s collection and other sources, students will gain a better understanding of Coast Salish daily life through mini lessons. These activities will include information on both life during the time of first contact with White explorers and settlers and current cultural traditions. (Recommended K through 5)

Lesson outline
Photographs & maps

Coloring postcards

Renton History Museum's collection holds almost 20,000 photographs! We've taken a few and turned them into coloring postcards. Enjoy some creative time and learn a bit about your town's history. (Recommended Pre-K through 5)

Coloring postcards

Historic Paper Puppets

Paper puppets were popular in the past because they used fewer materials than fabric-based rag dolls, or the even more expensive china or porcelain dolls. Paper puppets could be “dressed” with different outfits by coloring the design on a new paper template. Shadow puppets were an easy way to tell stories with shadow illustrations.  (Recommended Pre-K through 5)

Puppet templates

*These puppets are meant to be connected with brads but you can also glue them together, they just won't have movable joints.

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