A puppet show can entertain and educate young children at the same time. By choosing story lines and puppets that they can enjoy and relate to, you can teach the children lessons such as the importance of sharing, helping their neighbors and valuing friendships. An essential part of the puppet show is the prop box. The prop box is basically the stage for your puppet show.
Items you will need
- Large box, such as a refrigerator box
- Utility knife
- 1-by-2-inch wood strips
- Wide tape
- Staple gun
- Acrylic paints
Get a box large enough for you to crouch down behind. A refrigerator box works well because it is large and tall. You can also check your local home improvement center for a box you can buy.
Measure and cut the hole for the stage. To do this, decide where you want the stage to be. Make sure you leave enough space below the hole for the puppeteer to hide behind. Mark the stage window and cut it out using a utility knife. The rim below the window is the puppet stage, and the space below it is where the puppeteer will hide.
Reinforce the box. Add 1-by-2-inch lengths of wood along each of the inside corners to create a sturdier box that will last through many performances. Attach the wood strips from the front of the box using a staple gun. Reinforce the seams of the box from the inside using wide tape.
Paint the box with acrylic paints in festive, bold colors. The more lively the box, the more your audience will enjoy the puppet show. Wait for the paint to dry completely before using the prop box to put on a show.
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