Nonna's Favorite Quotes:

Nonna's Favorite Quotes: "The best way to make children good is to make them happy." — Oscar Wilde, author and poet

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Shoebox Theater

Children have wonderful imaginations. Give them objects and animals to play with and they will create their own stories.

Things you will need:
  • a shoebox (any solid box will do)
  • assorted wooden objects and animals
  • jumbo craft sticks (or popsicle sticks)
  • glue
  • a knife
Puppets: I bought my wooden objects and animals at JoAnn's but you probably can find similar items at any craft store. You can buy painted ones like I did, or plain wooden ones that your kids can color themselves. You could also make your own objects out of cardstock. 

I glued each object to a large craft stick. Now you have puppets! You could also use regular popsicle sticks, but the larger craft sticks are easier for little hands to grasp.

Theater: Turn your shoebox over and then cut several slits on the bottom to make a stage. (If you cut the slits on the lid, it will come off each time the puppets are removed from the slit.) Be sure to make the slits large enough for your child to easily insert their puppets and then pull them out again without too much effort.

Now sit back and enjoy the show!

When your children are finished playing with their theater, they can store their puppets in the shoebox.

Variation:  You can also use your puppets to teach readiness concepts. Ask your child to find all the dinosaurs or jungle animals. Ask them to find the things that crawl, or fly. Or they can group their puppets according to color or size.

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