Cool After School: Shadow Puppet Theatres

by Vicky on February 22, 2011

In last week’s Cool After School class, the kids made their own shadow puppet theatres!

Like a genie, Stuart conjured up some beautiful boxes from our garage, which he then proceeded to cut in half.

He taped the sides so the boxes were free-standing and sturdy.

I cut out the proscenium and provided a triple thickness of tracing paper for the screen.

The kids did all the rest. 

Here are some of the theatres in use!

Nate rushed up to me and exclaimed, “Ms. V!  Guess what play I’m going to put on in my theatre—The Lord of the Rings!”

The next thing I knew, he had created seven shadow puppets, including Legolas, an arrow, Gimli, Aragorn, an Orc, a piranha, and a horse!

Other awesome puppets included a hare and some sagebrush, Justin Bieber and a Faery, and Pikachu.

The kids had a blast playing with their new puppets and theatres, and they were all swapping puppets because the range of puppets available gave them lots of ideas.

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