Create this easy puppet theatre for rainy day, dramatic pretend play! (Plus- it folds flat for compact storage!)


  • 3 panel fold out presentation/poster board
  • Decoration materials (felt, buttons, beads, foam etc. you could even paint the theatre itself!
  • Glue gun/ glue (You could also use white/craft glue)
  • Scissors
  • Craft blade/ knife (*To be used by an adult*)
  • Measuring tape or ruler
  • Pencil/eraser

We always find these items helpful too:

  • Smock
  • Craft tray


  • Open up your poster/presentation board and lay it flat. Use your tape measure or ruler on the centre panel to create a rectangle in the middle panel for an adult to cut out with a craft or utility knife. Be sure to place the board on a surface that it okay to cut on.

  • Once your rectangle is cut out, then personalize your theatre. Our daughter made a field for bunnies to play in as she brought this to her class to go along with making bunny puppets. You could go space, a jungle, under the sea etc., whatever your interests may be. She cut out her ideas, we sewed on some details together and then she glued them on with a glue gun.

  • Fold the outer panels of your poster board backwards and stand it up. You could attach a small piece of elastic to the back of each of the outer panels and to the inner piece if you want to make it more secure.
  • When you are done playing, simply fold it up and store it for next time! (It could fit under a bed, behind a couch etc.)

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What are your favorite pretend play ideas? Check out these fun pretend play costumes, DIY Play Kitchens and puppets!

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