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You know your kids are talented -- so let them show off today. (Or, in other words, C'mon, kids, let's put on a show!) Drop off invites in your neighbors' mailboxes (and invite the other kids to participate) or arrange for grandparents, aunts and uncles to join you for the afternoon.

 

What you'll need:

  • Computer with printer
  • 8-by-11-inch printer paper
  • Several 8-by-11-inch sheets of poster board (one for each "act")
  • One 22-by-28-inch sheet of poster board
  • Markers
  • Clothesline
  • Two flat bedsheets (ones you won't mind getting dirty)
  • Safety pins
  • Fabric paint (optional)
  • Folding chairs or lawn chairs

What you'll do:

A few days before the show, find out from your children what they'll perform -- a song, a dance, a juggling act, etc. If other children are participating, gather this info (best to ask their moms) as well. Type up the list of acts on your computer and print it out as a program to hand out to the audience.

Make a sign for each act with the performer's name and his or her talent using the 8-by-11-inch sheets of poster board. Create a "Welcome to Our Talent Show" poster using the 22-by-28-inch sheet of poster board.

Create a curtain for your show by folding the top edge of the flat bedsheets over the clothesline and pinning it in place. (If you're feeling really inspired, let the kids decorate the curtain with the fabric paint.) In your backyard, string the clothesline between two trees or poles. You now have a stage! Arrange the folding chairs or lawn chairs in rows in front of the stage.

At show time, have one adult act as emcee and introduce each act using the individual signs. (If the youngest performers need Mom or Dad up on stage with them for support, remind them this is okay.) At the end of the show, have all the performers come out and give a big cast bow to much-deserved applause.

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