Kids love stories—hearing them, preforming them, making them up! And they love puppets—playing with them, making them, putting on a show.
You can use just about anything as a puppet theatre: a couch, a table, a piece of cardboard. But sometimes it's cool to make something extra special.
And if you've recently received a gift box with a clear plastic front, you've just scored a free puppet theatre for the kids! And with a few cheap items, you can even make the puppets yourself as well.
Here's what you need:
- A box with a clear plastic front (see pictures below)
- Markers, pencils, crayons, paint (whatever you have)
- Sticky tape
- Lolly sticks/paddle pop sticks (or just sticks!)
- Laminator (optional)
And here's what you do:
- Print out some puppet characters for your puppet show. Or you could take them from colouring books or even magazines.
- Get the kids to colour them in (or don't)
- If you have a laminator, laminating them will make them last longer, but it's not necessary.
- Attach pieces of string to the sticks and tape the other ends to the puppets.
- You're ready for the show!
The kids can dangle the puppets inside the box and the audience will be able to see them through the plastic. I turned our theatre into the Sunshine Theatre by covering it with some paper, but you don't need to.
I also found that the puppets turn around sometimes while you play, so if you wanted to get around this, I suggest doing two copies of every puppet and sticking them together with the string in between. That way it won't matter if they turn around (but truely, it will likely annoy you more than the kids!).
I like to let the kids go crazy and come up with their own stories. It's really funny to see what they come up with!