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Krista Rao blogs about crafty adventures with her kids

We’re kicking it up a notch! In my last post, my family and I were making and really enjoying shadow puppets. While my kids still love playing with the puppets, they are getting a bit bored with trying
to find an adequate wall to put on their shows. We decided it was time to build a theater for their puppets to perform in.

We constructed the theater out of an old box we had lying around.

It was very easy to make. First I cut off the back and top flaps. Leaving the sides attached to the bottom makes the theater pretty sturdy. I turned the box inside out and re-taped ours as it was black and the kids would not have been able to decorate it to their standards. I then cut out a large rectangle in the front which I covered with white paper — this will be the stage.

We all had a great time decorating the theater.

Lastly, I set up a flashlight behind the stage. The temptation is to point the light directly at the white paper but I found that you are able to get the best shadows by shining the light at one of the side walls so the entire box is being illuminated.

Currently, the kids favourite story to act out is Little Miss Muffet. I love when Miss Muffet runs screaming… the kids carry on as if they are being chased by an axe murderer EVERY TIME!

Give this craft a try… the kids and I would love to see your creations!

Krista Rao is a stay-at-home-mom of two. When she and the kids aren’t on some sort of craft mission, she’s making children’s items from reclaimed materials. Check out more of Krista’s adventures at Green Thimble.

Photos via Krisa Rao

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