Two cardboard boxes from the garage became the framework for our home-made puppet theater.
I used a knife to cut out the opening on one side of the top box, and then taped up one of the flaps in back. I think the photos do a better job of explaining it than I can.
With plastic trash bags for smocks, I put my young artist (and her friend!) to work painting the boxes. They had it done in no time!
Then we got out some craft stuff: papers, stamps, scissors, and glue.
I made a clock they could “set” to the time of the show.
My daughter drew a sun and moon and stars, cut them out, and put them around the clock.
I had glued sheet music all over the boxes by this time, so we added the clock display. My daughter also added a sign for tickets next to a slot in the box. The little box toward the top is for candy.
“After people buy their tickets they get to choose a piece of candy from the box,” she explained.
Seemed simple enough, but then she made tickets with special codes on the back so she could pick a “winning ticket” and give away a surprise treat.
I took a paint brush and gave it a quick coat of antiquing medium, heavy around the edges.
We also added some chipboard letters to spell out ‘SHOWTIME!” and a lot of gold glittery chip-board swirls.
We also cut a door in the back of the theater for storing puppets and props in.
And there’s a tiny bird that decided to perch atop our theater. She has a great view of the stage.
My kids have had a blast with this little theater made of cardboard. They spend hours selling each other tickets, filling the box with treats, and making puppets for different stories. It’s so much fun! I’m glad I get to play, too.
Friends, my tiny Knox is not doing well. He’s just not eating much these last few days. I must bid you farewell for a few days while I care for my precious boy and try to get his intake back up. Hopefully, he’ll be back on track after the weekend!