PAPER ROLL TREE HOLE
Here is a fun mini- puppet stage for a finger puppet of a bird, owl or squirrel.
- Take a clean toilet paper roll and half-way up on one side cut out a round hole. This will be your stage.
- Then using a finger puppet or stick puppet, stick the puppet up from the bottom of the roll so that it shows in the hole.
- Have children decorate the “Tree” with paper leaves or small branches.
PAPER PLATE PUPPET STAGE
- Take a white paper plate and fold it in half, length-wise.
- Now cut a straight line cut from the fold to within 1” from the edge.
- Open the plate back up and decorate the plate like the sky above the cut line and like grass below the line.
- Using finger or stick puppets, stick them out the slit from the back of the plate, so that they appear to be standing on the grass.
TISSUE BOX STAGE
You will need an empty rectangular tissue box for this activity.
- Hold the tissue box up so that the oval opening is on the side of the box.
- Cut out the side, that is now on the bottom of the box .
- Decorate the box if desired.
- Hold small puppets up inside of the box so that they can be seen from the oval opening.
APPLIANCE BOX STAGE
You will need a large cardboard box for this activity.
- Set a large cardboard box on its side.
- Cut a window out of the box on the side that was originally on the bottom of the box.
- Let your child sit inside the box holding up hand puppets so they can be seen through the window.
DOOR WAY STAGE
- Attach a table cloth across and open door way, using tape, about 3 feet from the floor.
- Have your child sit behind the curtain and hold up hand puppets for their audience to see.
- Like the stage above, a curtain can be strung between two sturdy chairs for a puppet stage.
STORY TELLING TIP WHEN USING PUPPETS WITH PRESCHOOLERS: Have your child use one puppet at a time when using hand puppets. Encourage them to tell a story about the character. Often when two puppets are used, it just turns into a battle between the two puppets.