Welcome to the first edition of Family Fun Fridays! I’m so glad you could stop by!
It began as a box. It was just sitting around, waiting for the Recycling Fairy to take it to the garage.
It could have turned into a train, a storage container, or a decorated carriage for a princess.
Maybe, though, this adventure began as a mother’s desperate attempt to do something crafty with her summer-weary children.
The oldest child, age seven, is quite a craft-loving girl, and the middle child, age four, is quite the enthusiastic cheerleader for any venture involving scissors and drama.
What you’ll need:
- Large box
- A towel, sheet, blanket, or piece of fabric
- Duct tape and possibly packing tape
What you do:
- Fold the flaps of the box inward.
- Cut a large square into the back of the box.
- Reinforce the inner sides of the box with packing tape, duct tape, or both.
- Place the towel/sheet/blanket/fabric over the hole you cut, securing it at the top with duct tape (or, if you’re clever, some other attaching device that will work better).
- Sit back and enjoy the show, camera in hand!
Some notes from my experience:
I would not have made the square larger, except that my seven-year-old insisted that it be the size of the entire box. Let’s just say I used A LOT of duct tape and packing tape to reinforce the edges.
I really underestimated how long this would entertain all of my kids.Observe:
The box is still around and intact, two weeks later. I plan to whip it out next week when we’re pulling our hair (again) out in the midst of this August Armpit of Summer!
I couldn’t help but think of other ways to use this handy dandy puppet show theater box:
- Reenact Bible stories, especially the dramatic ones (I’m thinking princesses, of course, though we are always fans of things that involve projectiles and silly responses)
- Use puppets/characters to show and explain to my seven-year-old how her first confession will probably go (because she’s been asking about her First Communion a lot this summer, and just the other day, we were talking about how souls go to heaven and all sorts of deep way-over-my-head theological concepts)
- Host a musical, a la Sound of Music (those dangly puppet things are too cool, though we will have to settle for something far less fancy, as my craft skills are rudimentary at best)
- Pretty much anything from Chapter 2 of Catholic Family Fun (yes, that’s a plug for my book, and yes, I find myself needing to use it A LOT this summer)
Can’t wait to see what family fun YOU are up to! Include a link back here, if you would, and enjoy the journey through the other submissions.
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This post is also linked to 7 Quick Takes at Conversion Diary.
I know better than to EVER throw away any large boxes in my house — we’ve actually never tried the puppet theater! Now I know what to pull out of my magician’s hat the next rainy day!
Forget waiting until a rainy day, Dianna! August is the February of summer! 🙂