Minnie has been totally absorbed in puppet play recently, so we thought we'd create a Puppet Theatre. This box has previously been a post office & bakers shop.
Minnie gave the box a coat of paint & we added some silver paint & glitter to decorate. For the finishing touch we added some comedy & tragedy masks.
We made a very simple curtain 'pole' with some ribbon which we attached across the back of the box, looping it around the canes. I found some old material, cut a few holes in the top, & made some curtain hoops using pipe cleaners. (These have held up surprisingly well!)
Our chalkboard box made a great signboard, & provided a ledge for puppets/props to sit on.
Minnie’s selection of puppets included her homemade sock puppets, owls, & speckled frogs, along with some she made to accompany a Rainbow Fish storybook. She also independently made another set of puppets. These were A5 sheets of paper that she had folded in half, she then placed the paper in her cupped hand to create a talking puppet. Genius!
Observing Minnie has reinforced my belief that puppets don't have to be that elaborate or expensive. By simply offering a range of different materials, children can create some amazing puppets which allow so much imagination to flourish!