Make a Puppet Theater
Set the stage for a series of fun-filled puppet shows with your preschooler by transforming an ordinary cardboard box into a one-of-a-kind, box theater! This puppet theater is a great way to spend quality time with your child while creating a useful play set. Work together in the creation of a stage, scenery, puppets, and storyline inspired by a favorite character, book, or movie. For an added lesson, re-purpose everyday household objects for the art materials used to emphasize being environmentally aware.
What You Need:
- A large cardboard box
- Packing tape, or other strong tape
- Crayons or markers
- Magazines, newspapers, or fabric samples
What You Do:
- Turn the box upside down. Make sure that the opening is on the bottom.
- Ask your child to trace a line around the top half of the box on the front side. Extend this line across the center of the box.
- Using the scissors, cut the line around the edges of the box. Do not cut through the middle line. This step should be done by an adult.
- Fold the top half flap that has been cut down by bending the cardboard at the drawn middle line.
- Optional: If you do not want to have to lift the box up and down every time your child uses the puppet theater, have her help you to create a back door. Ask your child to draw a door on the back of the box. Cut out one side and the top of the drawing. Fold the door back to form a flap.
- Invite your child to decorate her new theater however she would like. This can be done by drawing with markers or crayons or gluing child-friendly magazine or newspaper pictures onto the box in collage style. For an added flare, decorate with ribbons or pretty pieces of cut fabric.
- When the decorations are in place and the glue is dry, she now has a place to perform. Round out your stage by encouraging your child to create a variety of puppets to perform with and multiple backdrop drawings that can be hung inside the box. Finally, enjoy the show!