TV Puppet Theater

I think all kids love to put on puppet shows, but when I was a kid my favorite thing was to act out television shows. We used to always pretend we were on TV. My kids made a theater that looked like an old box TV set, so they could put on a show and pretend to be on TV!

  1. Ages: 3 - 5

  2. <30 minutes

  3. A little messy

  4. Grownup needed


Materials you'll need

Step-by-step tutorial

  • Step 1

    We used a large white foam board poster board, but this is the perfect project for recycling a large cardboard box. I cut out the "screen" opening. (I did this part for my kids, since I had to use sharp scissors and it was a little hard to cut for them.)

    Photo reference of how to complete step 1

  • Step 2

    Then I let my kids draw on the details to make it look like a real TV. We searched for "old box set TV" online so they knew what box set TVs look like (since they live in a world where TV means a flat screen!). It was fun for them to see the old TV sets.

    Photo reference of how to complete step 2

  • Step 3

    Next my five year old decided the theater should have a proper name, so instead of a TV brand he wrote "Kids TV Theater".

    Photo reference of how to complete step 3

  • Step 4

    We cut the center cut-out in half so we could use it as the stand and taped each half to both sides of the back of the TV. That way the screen would stay up.

    Photo reference of how to complete step 4

  • Done!

    Place the stage on a table or on the floor and it's ready to go. My kids played with this for hours! We even played a fun game to see how creative they could be: one person was the "actor" and the other was out front with a pretend remote, and, anytime the person with the remote changed the channel, the actor had to change stories. Both kids really liked it.

    Photo reference of how to complete step 5

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