We have a tabletop puppet theater that is similar to this...
- Science Project Display Board
- Exact-o Knife/Razorblade
- Ruler/Straight Edge
- Small amount of fabric (*Optional)
- Small amount of cording, clothesline, etc. (*Optional)
- Duct Tape (*Optional)
- Glue Gun (*Optional)
Puppet Theater Directions:
- Use your pencil and ruler to lightly draw a window for the puppet show. You could get fancy with the shape, or use a simple rectangle. First, I measured 3 inches from the top and sides and made a mark. Then, I measured 14 inches down from the top edge for the bottom of the window. Using the ruler, I connected all of my marks. (All of these measurements will depend on the size of your display board.)
- Use the Exact-o knife to cut out the window, following the lines.
- Measure your window. (Or if you are into eye-balling things like me, hold up your fabric and guess how much you'll need.) You will need to add at least an inch or two to your length and width.
- Cut your fabric.
- Cut the fabric in half to make two panels.
- Fold over the top of your fabric an inch and hot glue the edge. You will need a casing, or pocket to thread the cording through so make sure you leave enough space. (If you sew like I do, you can obviously do this on the sewing machine instead.)
- Repeat with the other curtain panel.
- Once the hot glue has cooled, thread the cording through the casing on the curtain.
- Get out your handy roll of tape (MacGyver would be so proud!) and tape the ends of the cording on the back side of the window.
- Have a puppet show!
Need some puppets to go with your new puppet theater? Here are a few available on Amazon:
Make your own puppets with the kids!
Why a Puppet Theater? There are many reasons, but here are just a few:
- Encourages creative play
- Promotes language development
- Retelling of familiar stories
- If children can read, it promotes fluency