Kids love to pretend, to become different characters, and puppets are a great way to foster this type of creative activity. There are a variety of fun ways to set the stage for your child and their friends to bring those puppets to life in their own shows in front of a live audience, whether it’s just Mom and Dad, or a whole party full of people. They’ll have a great time creating the story, rehearsing their lines and practice working the puppets – maybe even making their own puppets, costumes and backdrops. The possibilities are endless.
Here, I’ll show you a range of home puppet theaters, from floor-standing stages to tabletop theaters, puppet playhouses and finger puppet theaters you can consider and make a selection based on your own home and your child’s play area. Pair one of these theaters with some new or homemade puppets for a wonderful surprise for Christmas, birthdays or just a big, special treat that will provides hours of fun for your growing performer.
Floor-Standing Hand Puppet Theaters
These floor-standing puppet theaters can be used indoors or out. They could even double as a little shop, like a lemonade stand for example, for more play times.
This home puppet theater features an interchangeable marquee, a blank chalkboard sign with a clock display that actually has movable hands. It also come with the pretty red curtain with tie-backs.
Table Top Home Puppet Theaters for Hours of Fun
Tabletop puppet theaters are easy to put up and take down to store when not in use and make a great addition to any play-space or even a classroom.
This tabletop home puppet theater from GuideCraft gets good customer reviews. It’s fairly easy to assemble without tools and is sturdily built out of wood. The whole thing measures only 28 inches x 9.5 inches x 25.5 inches, which is plenty big enough to make for a great show and still easy enough to fold and store away.
This puppet theater features glamorous curtains with Velcro tie backs. The yellow trim really sets it off nicely. This is a great little theater for use with hand puppets or even finger puppets.
Popular Puppet Playhouse Theater
This home puppet theater doubles as a play tent big enough for one or two little ones.
Like any tent, you do have some assembly to get it set up, but the fabric is good and will clean up nicely without too much fuss.
This colorful tent theater measures 48 inches at its widest and stands 59 inches high. It will fit most rooms and patios with no problem. It is not weather-proof though, so it isn’t recommended to leave the theater outside all the time. Just break it down and store when not in use.
Where to Find More Puppet Playhouse Theaters
Fun for kids aged 3 and up
These are versatile toys that can be used as puppet theaters and playhouses for any number of imaginary games. You can use them for shows or pretend shops, even tents in some cases.
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Best Finger Puppet Theater
Get the children started early with one of the best finger puppet theaters you can buy at a very reasonable price.
Kids will love putting characters on their fingers and making up stories to entertain you, friends and family, and themselves.
What’s in the box? This set comes with the pretty little theater plus 3 little finger puppets. It measures 10.2 x 9.5 x 1.8 inches, which actually makes it a lot more portable than either of the standard puppet size theaters shown above. This smaller finger puppet theater allows your child to “take their show on the road”. Whether to a friends house or just to their grandparents home, they will be able to bring the entertainment to their audience.
How to Make Finger puppets
Once you have a puppet theater, it’s only a matter of time before the kids start clambering for more puppets. Indulge them by helping them make their own. Here’s how to make some more really cute finger puppets.
A Theater for Wooden Spoon Puppets
I love this idea!
We forget young kids don’t need anything sophisticated to spark their imagination, and the idea of wooden spoon puppets is something everyone can do.
Make your own or buy this kit for a great start. They’ll soon want to make their own puppets, tickets, costumes and backdrops.
This ready-made wooden spoon puppet theater measures around 8.5 inches high, 6.6 inches wide and 2.2 inches deep and comes with 4 wooden spoons and backdrops.
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