One of my mom’s favorite things to make with us when I was a kid was finger puppets. I had a Goldilocks set, and a farm set, but my very favorite one was Little Red Riding Hood. I loved telling the story of Little Red Riding Hood on her way and I wanted my kids to have that same opportunity. This Cereal Box Puppet Theater along with the scenery of Grandma’s house and the puppets are SO easy to make, especially if you have a Cricut.
Cereal Box Puppet Theater
You will need:
- a large cereal box
- spray paint (optional)
Take a pair of scissors and cut the back and top flaps off of your cereal box. This will leave the front, two side panels and bottom of the box intact.
Cut a large rectangle out of the center of your Cereal Box Puppet Theater.
If you want to cover up the design on your Cereal Box Puppet Theater, you can now spray paint it or cover it with duct tape.
Cardboard House Scenery
You will need:
- the back of the cereal box from your puppet theater
- A Cricut
- hot glue
- red and blue paint
- a Popsicle stick
Grandma’s House is so easy and fun to make with the leftover piece of cereal box from your puppet theater. You can find my Design Space cut files for Grandma’s House here.
The Cricut will cut your house in several different pieces, the house, the roof, the door, the windows and the flowers for the front of the house will all be cut on the cardboard separately. Place the cereal box panel designed side down on a Heavy Grip mat.
Set your Cricut to the Cereal Box setting in Design Space and let it cut out your shapes.
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Gently peel the house pieces off of your mat. Paint the base of the house one color and all of the trim another color. Use hot glue to assemble your house. Add a popsicle stick to the back of the house to be used with the puppet theater.
Little Red Riding Hood Finger Puppets
You will need:
- red felt
- black felt
- gray felt
- blue felt
- tan felt
- pink felt
Use the above pattern to cut out the felt you will need for your puppets. The cut two pieces of the red body out of red felt and two out of blue felt. Cut two tan circles, four little pink circles and six of the tiny black eyes. Cut one of the larger black eyes, one wolf face and nose out of gray and two gray bodies.
Hot glue the two red bodies together with a small line around the edges. Make sure to not cut the bottom of the doll shut so you will be able to use it as a finger puppet. Add the tan circle to the front of Little Red Riding Hood’s face and then the two little eyes and the cheeks. Repeat the process again with the blue felt for the grandma.
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Glue the two pieces of wolf’s body together with a small line around the edges. Glue the face of the wolf on top of the body and then the nose on top of that. Add the black eyes and the little nose.
As soon as you are done with the puppets, everything is ready for you to put on your play.
What kind of puppet play will you put on?
I have gotten together with some amazing other bloggers to show you what you can create with a cereal box! Enjoy their projects below.
That is so adorable. I teach kindergarten and my students would just love that puppet theatre.
Karissa @WithOurBest (@withourbest) says
Wow! Well done on this craft! It looks like it will take a while to make, but totally worth it for the fun in the end!!
This is such a cute idea! With all the cereal boxes, it would be nice to have some ways to upcycle them. My kids will have so much fun doing this.
This is such a fun project! My girls would love to create this and then put on a puppet show!
Farrah Less says
Great way to recycle boxes in a fun way . I love those creative ideas, I used to do this when I was a kid. My siblings and are always have a great time.
What a wonderful idea. My lil nephew and nieces will love a puppet show. I will try to recreate and put on a show. I look forward to a great time.
Fatima Torres says
What a cute idea for the kids. Our boys would love something like this. They get excited about puppets and crafts
Laura Dove says
Oh I love this! What a great idea and so much fun to make and play with after. My girls would adore doing this!