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Thursday, March 31, 2011

* ReCycle Craft: Cardboard Box Puppet Theatre



"C" and I made this puppet theatre out of a box
recently. The perfect place to act out little plays
with our finger puppets!


Here's our basic set up, just a simple hole I cut in the box lid
for the stage opening. 
It would be less floppy if I glued the boxes together in this "L" shape
but we kept it separate so it's easier to clean up and put away. 

For the rainbow design, we just glued little 
scrapbook paper squares 
around the edges of the box. 


 For the curtain, I just strung some yarn between two buttons
(small holes poked in the side of the box with an x-acto knife)
The curtain is just some fabric with a simple pocket sewn for the yarn to run through.


To add some pizzazz to the theatre,
I made this little dry-erase board topper 
so she can write the title of the play. 


It's just a scrap of white cardboard, 
cut into a semi-circle with 
clear contact paper stuck to it, 
glued to the front of the theatre (with glue gun)


We can use dry-erase markers to write 
the name of the play on top. 


Then it just wipes off when we're done!
A good way to practice our letters. 



Time for the Ballerina show!




Time for The Three Little Pigs!
Remember these toilet paper tube finger puppets we made?


I'll huff and I'll puff and I'll blow your house down!


The top can lay back down in the bottom of the box
so we can slide it on a bookshelf when it's time to clean up.


View from Backstage.


 Then we were on to the 
Three Little Kittens Who Lost their Mittens!

Happy Playing!

Fondly,
pink and green mama




10 comments:

Sonia said...

This is a fantastic idea! I'm definitely making this one with my kids. Thanks!

H.R.H. The Queen Bee said...

Oh, my, MaryLea!! This is one of my favorite projects that you've done. It's so colorful, imaginative AND uses very common recyclables. I bet that E and C love this. What a great way to let little imaginations blossom. My hat's off to you...as usual. :)
~Grace

Art For Little Hands said...

That is amazing. A must do for every family. I am excited to try this with my little ones!

pink and green mama MaryLea said...

Thanks Grace!! Yes the puppet theater has been a blast -- now we're planning to make more puppets! : )

xoxo
MaryLea

Anonymous said...

This is Fabulous !!! so insiring ! I just have to find a box, now !!
Thank you !

Cat

Katie said...

I have been following your blog for a couple of months now, so thought I would say hello! I am home with my 2 little girls, and I am not crafty at all, so your blog has become my go-to source for inspiration! We have tried several of your ideas, and are having SO much fun! Thanks for making everything so accessible; I really appreciate the photos, and the step-by-step instructions, as this is an area of motherhood that I really struggle with!
All the best to you and your beautiful girls :)

pink and green mama MaryLea said...

Hi Katie! Thanks for introducing yourself and I'm glad you and your kids are having fun with my projects -- that's the whole reason I share them with you, so you can make your own memories with your kids! : )

xoxo
pink and green mama,
MaryLea

Michelle Willow said...

Well, yeah... we apparently had similar idea with boxes and theaters but completely different way of putting it together! LOL

Love yours. Very colorful! :) I just published a tutorial for mine: http://willowatsquidoo.blogspot.com/2011/04/mamas-making-toys-diy-finger-puppet.html As I said... completely different! ;)

Kate @ An Amazing Child said...

Hi MaryLea,

This is just beautiful. And so much room for imaginative play. You could make all kinds of puppets. I love it. J is still too little but I have bookmarked it for a couple years time. So beautiful :)

Lindsay said...

I just found your blog on TopMommyBlogs and I love it!

I found myself bookmarking a ton of your entries -- this included! -- for great craft and activity ideas!

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