Around my house we usually wait until the week before Halloween to really get in the spirit, but with all the Halloween decorations in my neighborhood, that’s all my kids talk about. So you could say this little theater has been a hit. They have played with it all day and it’s funny to hear the stories they come up. All you need is the free printable, a cereal box or something similar, scissors and tape, and your kids have their own little Tabletop Halloween Theater. You’ll be telling spooky stories in less than fifteen minutes!
How To Make A Tabletop Finger Puppet Theater
- Printed theater template
- Large cereal box
Start with printing off the theater template. Just click on the image, save to your computer. Open the file and print. Choose the option scale to fit page.
If you are worried about using too much color ink, I made this simple one that only uses a little :). You can tell I have a husband that thinks about those kinds of things. Anytime I print a recipe he tells me to quit printing the picture “uses too much ink!”
Now cut off the front or back of the cereal box, or any sturdy carboard. Trim off any white that the theater has and tape to the cardboard piece you cut. Then trim off any of the cereal box showing.
Cut out the black center within the frame.
Now cut a one inch slit on the bottom of the theater on both corners where shown in image.
Now cut off the tabs from the top of the cereal box to use as the stands. Cut a one inch slit on the tops of both.
Next just slide the stands over the slits you cut on the theater on each end and it should stand. Easy!
For the stick puppets I used this Free Halloween Sticker Printable from Ziggity Zoom. The colors match perfectly, and all the little characters allow for all sorts of stories. I found this fun finger puppet printable that kids can color too, from Scholastic. Or you could just search for Halloween finger puppets and make some real felt ones if you’d like.
I cut out the graphics and taped them to sucker sticks. Popsicle sticks would work great too.
That’s it! I told the first story, and tried to incorporate as much of the “puppets” as possible to give the kids an idea, and then turned them loose.
So far we have married bats, kissing cats, and dueling frogs and witches..it’s been an eventful day :).
If you would like to make your own theater, I used picnik and one of their fancy collages.
Thanks so much for reading and let me know if you have a chance to try this with your kids!
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