How to Make a Minipuppet Stage

Ages: 3-5, 6-8
Location: Indoors
Skills: Art, Social/Emotional

What you'll need:
9 inch by 12 inch cardboard
Picture of scenery from a magazine or old calendar
Construction paper
Rubber cement
3 1/2 inch by 12 inch poster board

Background:
Building this small puppet stage will enhance kids' fun without taking up too much space in the living room.

Setting up:
Click here to print the picture of the stage. Glue the picture onto the cardboard.

Fold the cardboard as illustrated, bending the side flaps forward.

Trim the edge of the cardboard with construction paper.

Bend the poster board strip as illustrated. Glue the strip to each side flap.

Add props such as a picture of trees or a fence.

What to do:
Hold the stage in one hand while manipulating the tongue-depressor puppet with the other hand. Hold the puppet so that the top half of it can be seen by the audience. If your child is playing alone, he or she can try drawing a face on one finger to add to the show. If your child is playing with friends, his or her puppet can share the stage with others and put on a show.

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