Craft Activities for Kids: A DIY Performance Theater Lets Kids Be Stars
Need ideas for craft activities for kids who are budding performers? If your children love to act out movie scenes, perform private concerts or perform their own plays, allow their inner artist to come out by creating a DIY theater performance this spring.
Set the Stage
Create a simple stage that hangs by a spring-mounted curtain rod that's easy to store, lightweight and easy for kids to install anywhere, anytime. All you need is a toddler-sized flat sheet (or a curtain), scissors, spring-mounted curtain rod and ribbon.
Fold the sheet in half and cut upward at the center. Create a slit at the center and leave both the right and left sides big enough for the rod to slide into. Use ribbon to tie each wing to the side and hang in any doorway for an instant stage. Another easy way is to use string or wire that hangs between walls and is sturdy enough to hold up a sheet. For this to work, the sheet should be as wide as the wire.
Let your child get involved by allowing them to pick out the fabric and ribbon for their stage. Once the pop-up stage is set, decorate it with battery-operated string lights or floor lamps for extra lighting.
Create a Backdrop and Set
Once the stage is set, your kids can practice their set design skills by creating a backdrop on a large sheet of butcher paper or poster board. Set up a paint-safe area for them to paint a scene to perform in front of and hang it behind the stage curtain when they're done. Fun backdrop ideas include:
- A castle for fairy-tale adventures
- Beach scenes for a tropical getaway
- City buildings for an action-packed, superhero story
- Woods for a campfire story
- Abstract painting for a talk show or concert
Depending on the backdrop, set the stage with different props, such as a tent for camping, beach towels and seashells or beanbag chairs.
Make DIY Costumes and a Dressing Room
Take a trip to your neighborhood Goodwill thrift store, costume store or your own storage unit and find a new purpose for those old overalls or last year's Halloween costume. Allow your kids to get creative and teach them how to make something new out of something old. Purchase a kid-friendly sewing kit and teach them a few basics. Don't forget to bust out the beads and jewels to bejewel their own Cinderella ball gown.
Your child will also need a place to store their stage wardrobes. Purchase a freestanding clothing rack or create a wall-mounted version so your child has easy access to costumes and accessories. Set up a small vanity for face painting or a costume check prior to the big show.
Lights, Camera, Action!
It's show time! Invite neighbors, family and friends over for a fun (and cute) performance by your kids in their new stage. You can create handmade tickets out of construction paper to hand out, as well as buckets of popcorn and other refreshments for the audience to enjoy.
Craft activities for kids like this one can provide many fun lessons. They can learn to combat stage fright, further develop social skills and learn to oversee a project from start to finish. Not to mention, DIY crafts get their creative juices flowing all without breaking the bank.