April showers bring May flowers! And we’re thankful and all… but what are we to do when the rain turns us all into shut-ins? It’s hard to keep the kids occupied and active inside the house on a gloomy day and perhaps more troublesome to try venturing out in the weather for activities. That’s why it’s always good to have a Rainy Day Activity up your sleeve where all the ingredients for fun are lying around the house! Next time you’re shut in with the kiddos due to bad weahter, here is a fun idea- make a puppet show and puppet theater
and putt on a puppet show for other family members. Below are 3 Easy Steps to creating a fun-filled day indoors.
How To Make a Puppet Show
First you will want to gather a bunch of supplies that you will need to make a puppet show and a puppet theater.
You Will Need:
- Socks or Brown Paper Bags
- Craft supplies (your pick!)
- Blanket or tarp (optional)
- Large Cardboard Box
- Red Bed Sheet (optional)
Make A The Puppets
Make the puppets for the puppet show. Use some old (hopefully clean!) long socks or grab a some lunch-sized brown paper bags. Stick your hand up the sock or bag and glue googley eyes, glitter, yarn, felt, and anything else you have lying around in your craft room for the eyes, nose, and mouth of your character. Be as creative as you feel! And don’t be afraid to get messy! Optional: Lie a tarp or blanket down to catch spare glitter and yarn and felt clippings. Shake the tarp/blanket out into the garbage when done and voila! No more mess.
Make Puppet Theater
Take large cardboard box and cut out a hole. You can make this as simple or as complicated as you want. Use your craft supplies to make it look really special! Optional: Use a red bed sheet or old curtains to imitate a real theatre look. Take a look at the pictures below for some inspiration.
Write A Puppet Show Script
This is an important part of the process. While ad lib can be fun it often devolves quickly! Writing a script will get your kids thinking and planning and they will have a great time creating their own story lines and coming up with fun things to say. Alternatively, they could also memorize scenes from plays to act out with their puppets.
Set up the puppet show! Now that you have your puppets and your decorated set, it’s time to pull out the dining room table chairs and serve a couple of refreshments. Maybe you could make these cute popcorn-shaped cake pops from Chef Mom for your guests… or how about a couple of root beer floats from Simply Recipes?
Did you ever make a puppet show or puppet theater when you were little? Do you have any fond memories to share with us? Do you think you will make a puppet show with your kids? I’d love to see your results. Tag us in your photos #FamilyFocusBlog or @FamilyFocusBlog. I can’t wait to see what y’all come up with. If you want, I will even add your photo here!