This week we have been learning the story of The Three Little Pigs. We are having so much fun re-telling the story that I thought it would be a great idea to make a Puppet Theater so that we can use for all of our Fairy Tales and Nursery Rhymes. I believe that not enough of these classical stories are being taught to little ones now a days, so I want to make sure I incorporate them into our weekly lessons as much as possible.
This project took a few days to complete just because we needed to let the paint dry completely, plus after about an hour of prepping and painting Princess who is 4 was kinda ready to play with it 🙂
- 3 pieces of large cardboard or a project trifold
- Scissors and pencil
- Tape (we used packing tape)
- Painters tape to divide color paint
- Two paint colors (we used the paint we had left over from redoing our livingroom walls and baseboards)
- Paint brushes
- Hot glue gun
- Ribbon, buttons, or anything to decorate your theater
- Fabric for curtains
- Sewing machine or non sewing glue (we used non sewing glue)
The first thing we did was take 3 pieces of cardboard lay it flat on the floor and used packing tape to get all the pieces together. I wrapped the tape all the way around a few times.
Then we used the painters tape to separate where the colors would go. We decided on doing a turquoise and white color in two different sizes and then have a little of the brown on the cardboard showing as well. Not really but that’s how it happened, so I told Princess it was all part of my plan 😉
Princess got to choose which color she wanted to paint. I then marked which stripes she was going to paint turquoise. She really did enjoy painting, plus it’s great for her motor skills!
This is how it looked after we painted and peeled the painters tape off :). We let the paint dry over night, plus we knew that lil’ Cheekkers would want to help us decorate the Puppet Theater!
Using a pencil I drew a box where I thought I would like the Puppet Theater window to go. I really didn’t measure anything, just picked a spot and used scissors to cut out the hole.
I then allowed the girls to choose which fabric they wanted for curtains. I took a fat quarter bundle of pink polka dot fabric and cut it in half, then took one piece and cut it in half again. This fit perfectly as curtains. You could get on the sewing machine to sew the sides and top part of your curtains, but we used non sew glue instead. Before gluing take a piece a ribbon or a string that will hold your curtains up. I placed the ribbon across the top then I sealed it using the non sew glue. You will be surprised on how well it works :). Then just hot glue the ribbon over the window. Make sure just to glue the ribbon in the middle, the right side, and left side. This will allow for your curtains to open and close.
The girls wanted to use flowers and buttons to decorate their theater. To do this I let them point to where they wanted the flowers and buttons to be placed, then with the hot glue gun I placed them down. If you want your little one to glue items down, then I would let them using craft paint such as Elmer’s glue. We also glued ribbon around the window.
Here is our new Puppet Theater!! The girls absolutely love it!
Hope you like it and enjoy your new Puppet Theater as much as my girls do! As you can see Princess is “blowing” the house down 🙂 Let me know what you think and share your project with us!