How to Construct a Simple Puppet Theatre for Kids

I’m drawn to puppet theatres, I think they make beautiful learning tools, but I’m just not capable of creating these beautiful puppet theatres I’ve spotted on Pinterest. I wasn’t born with a sewing gene and we don’t have the space in our home for one to be permanently erected.

These setbacks didn’t stop me from constructing a beautiful puppet theatre for my children, prompted by Nurturestore’s #simpleplay challenge.

My Little Bookcase shows you how to a simple puppet theatre for kids_ construct and dismantle in 5 minutes
I’m not lying when I say it only took me minutes to assemble, and it is just as easy to pack away.

You will need:

  • Two chairs
  • Table (or another piece of furniture with a flat surface)
  • String
  • Two lengths of fabric
  • Two lengths of ribbon
  • A collection of puppets

How to construct your simple puppet theatre:

My Little Bookcase shows you how to a simple puppet theatre for kids_ construct and dismantle in 5 minutes

1. Set up the chairs either side of the table.

2. Tie string from one chair to the other.

3. Hang the two lengths of fabric over the string (We used the whimsical, sheer fabric left over from Ike’s Possum Magic party).

4. Pull the fabric to the side and secure with ribbon.

An Invitation to Play

An invitation to play with puppets_ My Little Bookcase

Once you have constructed your makeshift puppet theatre, plant a selection of puppets as an invitation for your child to play.

My Little Bookcase shows you how to a simple puppet theatre for kids_ construct and dismantle in 5 minutes

Puppet theatres can help to nurture and build:

  • Speaking skills (Articulation, projection, characterisation)
  • Language skills (Vocabulary building)
  • Listening skills (When acting as an audience member)
  • Story and character development
  • Imagination
  • Improvisation

The learning benefits of puppet theatres by My Little Bookcase

FURTHER IDEAS FOR ENCOURAGING STORY-TELLING:

My Little Bookcase Storytelling Prompts Pinterest Board

My Little Bookcase Puppet Theatre Pinterest Board

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About Jackie Small of My Little Bookcase

How to Construct a Simple Puppet Theatre for Kids

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  1. Love how simple this is to make at home Jackie!!!

  2. Simply delightful! I may have to go set one up for my kids right now. We need a little puppet time! Thank you so much for sharing with us on FB! Although so hard to choose this week, I’ve added three of my favorite shares to the bottom of this week’s playful preschool post on Exploring Simple Science with TRAINS!!!

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