Monday, March 10, 2014

Puppet Theater

Puppet Theater

Children love to play with puppets!  Puppet play allows children to think creatively, stimulates the imagination and encourages story telling and retelling which are important literacy skills.  We decided to create our own puppet theater to make playing with our puppets even more fun. You will need a tri-fold display board, a ruler, and a box cutter.  We bought a red display board for our theater, but you could paint yours whatever color you want.  I picked up some chalkboard paint too because I thought it might be fun to be able to write the title of the play on the board. Measure a 20 inch by 14 inch rectangle on the middle panel of the display board.  Cut out with the box cutter.  You could embellish the theater with curtains, if you like.  But, I know nothing about sewing, so that was out if the question.  Right away, the girls grabbed some puppets and began putting on a show.  My older daughter, Alexandra, is interested in fairy tales so we found some fairy tale printables online, colored and cut them out.  We then glued them on to craft sticks.  She really enjoyed retelling her favorite fairy tales in the puppet theater, especially Goldilocks and the Three Bears.  This activity was just-right!

Kara Tuohy
MW2s and MWF

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