Mini shadow puppet theatre

How to create a miniature shadow theatre to put on a performance

What do you need?
  • Scissors
  • A small cardboard box – ideally around 20cm high x 30cm wide
  • Greaseproof paper
  • Sellotape
  • Stapler
  • Black card
  • Sticks from the garden

As with any activity, they will need an adult to help them.

  • How many can do this?
  • Will suit what age?
  • How long does the fun last?

Craft and entertainment rolled into one rainy afternoon package. This activity is a magical way to introduce children to the theatrical world.

Step 1

Take your cardboard box and cut off the flaps from both ends. Leave these to the side as you will be using them later.

Step 2
Step 2

Next cut out a piece of greaseproof paper that is slightly larger than the open end of the box. Tape this firmly into place – see picture. This will also make the box sturdy.

Step 3

You now need to trim the sides and the top of the box to make it easier to position the puppets in for their performance – see picture. You can also use the offcut sides to create decoration around your stage. We created a scroll feature at the top.

Step 4
Step 4

Finally it’s time to make the puppets. Decide on the story that you are going to act out and then draw cut out puppet shapes of your chosen characters using black card. You now need to tape these to the sticks to help animate the characters.

Step 5
Step 5

You’re now ready to perform. Position the theatre on a table with the performer sat behind it holding their puppets. Shine a lamp in from the back of the theatre and you’re ready to go. Get the children to rehearse their play before putting on their performance for friends and family.