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)
- 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)
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
Step 3: Cut out the middle using a box cutter or scissors
Step 4: Use packing tape to cover the foam board by wrapping around the front
Step 5: Attach the 2 sides with the packing tape
Step 6: Bring out your 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!