How Your Kids Can Make Their Very Own Puppet Theater


Visitors: 994

Your kids can create their puppet theater all by themselves.

Here is what they would need though

* a table,

* a table cloth large enough to completely cover the front and sides of the table, leaving the back exposed

* stiff white cardboard or colored paper

* pencils and coloring materials

* scissors

* glue

* time and creativity

Ok. I'll be the first to admit that this puppet theater is nowhere near these kids puppet theaters but this homemade puppet theater is cheap to make. Your kids would be occupied for quite some time just making their puppets. Ideal if you are on a tight budget with a bunch of kids that need to be kept out of mischief.


We will make finger puppets for this theater as these are the easiest to make.

My 6 year old kid thought up this puppet design all by himself. He used colored paper, wrapped loosely around a finger. He taped the the paper shut, loose enough so he could put on or take off the puppets as he wished. Then he drew a face on the tip of the puppet. His elder brother liked that design and helped him make a variety of such finger puppets with different colors and different expressions.

The puppets I had initially taught them to make required much more work. Here's how you can make some simple puppets.

1. Decide on the story line, the characters and what puppets are needed for the show.

2. Draw pictures of these characters on stiff white cardboard. Each picture has to be just big enough to cover 1 finger.

3. Color the pictures.

4. Cut out these pictures.

5. Cut a white strip of cardboard about half an inch thick, 1 and a half inches long. This is going to be like a ring around the child's finger, attached to the puppet so that your kid can make the puppet move around.

6. Form a circle with the white strip.

7. Glue this circle behind the picture so that a finger can go through it to support the puppet.

8. Let the glue dry completely and you have your finger puppets.

Once you have enough puppets, you can make the theater.

Drape the table cloth over the table, so that the front and sides are completely covered, but the back of the table is fully exposed.

That covered table is the puppet theater.

The children can hide behind the theater, put on the finger puppets on their fingers, lift their hands over their heads to perform the puppet show.

Be attentive when your kids perform their puppet show for you. Your attention means a lot to them.

The writer is the webmaster of which features the toys that kids really like, some of which are highly educational.


Article Source:

Rate this Article: 
Puppet Therapy for Children
Rated 4 / 5
based on 5 votes

Related Articles:

Candy Craft - Make and Decorate Puppet Cookies

by: Jodi Burgan (September 05, 2008) 
(Home and Family/Crafts Hobbies)

Home Theater Vs Movie Theater - Are You Getting Your Money's Worth When You Go ..

by: Robert Cacciatore (January 22, 2008) 
(News/Pure Opinion)

Ideal Toys For Kids Make Kids Smarter

by: Victor Epand (April 10, 2008) 
(Kids and Teens)

Projector Screens Make Your Home Theater System Complete

by: Tony Hersey (June 15, 2009) 
(Home and Family/Home Audio Video)

Don't Go To The Theater - Bring The Theater To You!

by: Reggie Dunn (August 18, 2005) 
(Arts and Entertainment)

Home Theater System - 7 Simply Amazing Tips To Make Your Entertainment Center ..

by: Robert Cacciatore (January 21, 2008) 
(Home Improvement/Audio Video)

Puppet Humor

by: Peterparker Luthor (September 01, 2009) 
(Arts and Entertainment/Movies TV)

The Puppet Humor

by: Peterparker Luthor (September 02, 2009) 
(Arts and Entertainment/Movies TV)

Don\'t Be Your Child\'s Puppet

by: Bob Lancer (November 29, 2007) 
(Home and Family/Parenting)

Puppet Therapy for Children

by: M Cuerdo (May 26, 2010) 
(Health and Fitness/Mind Body Spirit)