Rainy day adventures: build a shadow theatre
Tell stories with shadows! Build a grand little shadow theatre, then shine a light on your puppets from behind to put on a show for family and friends. Will you travel to Germany to tell tales from the Brothers Grimm, or make up your own myths of dragons and knights? The stage is yours!
Remember – cutting into cardboard can be tricky. Ask a grown-up to help or supervise.
You will need:
• Shoebox with lid
• Sheet of white tissue paper
• Glue stick
• Black felt-tip pen
• Wooden skewers
• Sticky tack
• A desk lamp
Remove the lid from your shoebox. Ask a grown-up to help you cut a rectangle out of the base of the box, about 3 cm (1 in) in from the edges, to make a window. Set aside the lid and window cardboard for later.
Cut a piece of white tissue paper to fit inside the box, large enough to overlap the edges of the window frame, as shown. Use a glue stick to stick the tissue paper edges to the inside of the box base.
From the lid and window cardboard you set aside, draw and cut out some swirly decorations and columns. Turn the box so the tissue paper side is facing you. Stick the decorations to the box using a glue stick.
Draw or trace the outlines of your characters and scenery on cardboard (use your favourite books or magazines for inspiration). Use sticky tape to stick the tops of short wooden skewers to the back of the puppets. Cut longer kebab sticks in half if needed.
Position a desk lamp behind the theatre to create silhouettes of the puppets. Use sticky tack to attach scenery to the inside of the frame. Then put on a show!
Welcome to a world of crafting, creativity… and cardboard! Lonely Planet’s Cardboard Box Creations will take you around the globe as you build 20 travel-themed objects, icons and famous landmarks. Including step-by-step instructions and a starter kit of cardboard sheets with cut-out template guides, you’ll soon become a master cardboard crafter!