Reading Aloud Activity

Posted on Dec 1, 2014 | Resources

Mr. Gumpy’s Outing

Suggested Age: Preschool

Submitted by Hilda Comitini, State Librarian, Manoa Public Library

Book: Mr. Gumpy’s Outing by John Burningham


Craft stick puppets are fun and easy to make. They are very entertaining and simple to create. Simply print, cut, and glue the characters mentioned in Mr. Gumpy’s Outing onto sticks. Use them while telling the story, and have children make them to take home.


Activity: Mr. Gumpy’s Outing Craft sticks puppet


For the canoe:

  • Brown construction paper
  • Scissors
  • Yarn
  • A hole punch
  • Paper towel tube


  1. Print and cut out the templates of the characters mentioned in the book.
  2. Glue a craft stick at the back of each paper character.
  3. Fold the construction paper in half.
  4. About a half inch from the fold line, make another fold.
  5. Do this on both sides of the original fold.
  6. Draw a canoe shape on the paper (make sure the folds are on the bottom of the canoe).
  7. Cut the canoe shape and punch a few holes on each end.
  8. Using a yarn, weave through the holes.
  9. Cut several slits along the top of the tube for the crafts sticks to fit into.
  10. Push the folder flat and insert the tube so that the canoe sits upright.
  11. Insert the craft stick one by one into the tube as you tell the story.

Color and Black-and-White Templates

MrGumpyPopsicleStickPuppets-c-2 MrGumpyPopsicleStickPuppets-c-1MrGumpyPopsicleStickPuppets-bw-2 MrGumpyPopsicleStickPuppets-bw-1