This might be one of my all-time favorite collaborations my campers have ever done. I just love this puppet theatre – how gorgeous is that fabric? I know I’m not supposed to say that art is beautiful, and I don’t say that around my students, but to you I can say this. I mean, they did this all on their own…five-year olds! There is a video down below where you can watch them painting, and then trying their hand at puppeteering (we might need to work on this skill, ha!).
Read through for directions on how I turned this painted sheet into a puppet theatre with just scissors and glue!
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~ One old sheet cut to a size that will fit in your doorway (or even better, some heavier fabric like canvas)
~ A plastic mat to put underneath, or you could do this outside on the grass (you would need to weigh down the corners)
~ Liquid watercolors + jars and brushes
~ String (I used baker’s twine)
1. Kids paint the fabric (we used the colors: red, orange, pink, blue/green, yellow and gold).
2. Let the fabric dry.
3. Lay it back down and mark a window frame using a template. I put mine in the middle. I then used a ruler and a pencil to mark out where I was going to paint the lines.
4. Using black paint in painterly strokes (which means not too fussy, it’s ok if it’s not perfect), paint the window frame.
5. Paint the lines for the curtains.
6. Cut along the bottom, halfway up the sides, and down the middle.
7. Cut a little slice on the side of the window and thread the string through. Tie in a bow.
8. Fold the top over about 1.5″ – 2″ and use the glue gun to secure the casing. This is now the “pocket” for the rod to go through.
9. Put the rod through and secure it to the sides of the doorway. That’s it, you’re done!
The kids made these cute sock puppets inspired by a thousand pictures on Pinterest. Basically, you just get some socks, yarn, fabric scraps, buttons, and a glue gun and figure out a way to make a face. I personally think sock puppets are awesome, and so hilarious when the kids figure out that their hand can make a talking mouth!
And they were off! Making up stories and taking turns presenting “the show”. This video says it all.