Alba wears: Leopard Print Dress from Stella McCartney Kids
The presents have been opened, the toys played with, but what do we do next? If you’re looking for something to keep the little ones entertained between Christmas and New Year, we’ve got just the thing. We asked children’s theatre practitioner Anna Bosworth from the Curious Mum team and her daughter Alba to help us create a fun craft to do over the festive holidays. Using a recycled gift box, her shadow puppet theatre couldn’t be easier to make and is sure to keep them occupied.
Anna says: “This project is so easy to do and my little one (and her friends!) all loved it. As I am part of the Curious Mum team, Alba is lucky because we get to go and see lots of theatre together. Some of Curious Mum’s favourites this season include Greenwich theatre’s panto: Red Riding Hood – our favourite panto by far! Unicorn’s Baddies for older kids and grown ups – in fact it’s one of the funniest shows we’ve seen in a long time – and Snow child for the younger ones. For big Christmas productions, head to A Christmas Carol at the Rose Theatre Kingston if you are based in South, SW London or The Twelve Days of Christmas at Chickenshed if you live in North London. For all time classics, you can see Room on the Broom at artsdepot and We Are Going on the Bear Hunt at Stratford Circus.”
Here’s how to make it…
WHAT YOU NEED
A cardboard box
Fun fabric trims
Moulin Roty shadow puppets
Cut the back off your box and use a ruler to cut a rectangle out of the front. Make sure you always ask for help from a grown up when using scissors. Decorate your theatre with the neon tape and the fabric trims (we used a glue gun to stick the trims securely). Tape a rectangle of tracing paper to the front window from the inside of your theatre. Now you’re ready to go!
With thanks to Anna Bosworth X