My kids really enjoy imaginative play. It’s definitely one of their strengths. But it had been a while since we had played with our puppets so I thought it might encourage them if I made it a bit more engaging.

My answer…. make a puppet theatre.

This way they could act out a story and get a chance to perform.

I wanted to keep it cheap & cheerful, so here’s what I used:

  • 2 x 5mm foam core boards (500mm x 770mm)
  • Pencil
  • Scissors/Box Cutter
  • Packing Tape
  • Circular tray for a template


Here’s How I Made It:

Step 1: Cut one of the boards in half (will be used as the sides of the theatre)

Find the midway point of one of the core boards and mark it at the top and bottom. Helps if you have a little cutie assisting 🙂


Draw a line from top to bottom, and then cut and set aside


Step 2: On the other board, mark the centre top, then make 2 vertical lines (10cm in from the edge, and 15cm down from the top). Use your large circular tray to connect these lines as pictured

You could always square this off, but this reminds me more of stage curtains


Step 3: Cut out the middle using a box cutter or scissors

This will be the front of your theatre


Step 4: Use packing tape to cover the foam board by wrapping around the front

This covers any rough edges and adds a little stability


Continue until the whole board is covered. You could paint it instead, but the edges would be rough


Step 5: Attach the 2 sides with the packing tape

It doesn’t need to be pretty, after all the audience won’t see this side


Step 6: Bring out your puppets

I included hand puppets and finger puppets


Step 7: Let the fun begin!!!


Mr & Miss 4 came up with a cute little song about 5 Little Puppets & The Hungry Crocodile (to the tune of 5 Little Ducks)


Not only were they strengthening their imaginations, but they were also strengthening the muscles that they need to write. Now that’s a big win/win!

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