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What you will need:

– a medium sized cardboard box
– white, red and green eco-felt
– glue
– scrap white paper
– scissors
– 2 matchless socks
– 4 buttons
– markers, colored pencils or crayons
– eco-friendly packing tape

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Step 1:  Design the Theater

Using your eco-friendly packing tape, tape the box completely closed. Using your scissors, cut two large doors across the front of the box. Fold the doors to create a seam, so they will open and close easily. This will be the viewing window of your theater.

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Step 2: Create the Puppet Slot

Cut a long rectangular hole in the rear back of the box. This will be the slot that your child’s hand will come up through to work the puppets. Make sure the hole is large enough to fit both of your child’s hands.

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Step 3: Cover the Theater

Using the white eco-felt and glue, cover the front and sides of the theater (the back and bottom are optional).

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Step 4: Create the Red Curtains

What theater would be complete without red curtains? Glue the red eco-felt on the inside of the doors so the red is visible when the theater is open. Use red scraps to add a decorative piece of red curtain along the top of the stage.

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Step 5: Design the Set

Give your child a piece of scrap office paper, the size of the back of your theater, and ask them to design the backdrop of the set. Your child will delight in having complete control over this aspect of the design. Once it’s finished, tape it to the back of the stage and tape leftover white scraps to both inside walls.

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Step 6: Design the Puppets

Give your child, a pair of mismatched socks, fabric glue, buttons, and eco-felt scraps and ask them to design two puppets for the puppet theater. It is fun to see what creative characters they will come up with. Meet Pierre and Arbok! Note: If your child already has beloved puppets, he can put on puppet shows with those as well.

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Step 7: Sit Back and Enjoy the Show

Set the puppet theater up in a place where you child can easily reach it. We placed a small lamp behind the theater to light it up (see in the intro picture) and then my son and I took turns putting on shows. We couldn’t help it – we kept falling to the ground laughing over the different characters, accents, and story-lines that we are creating.