Activity Introduction

Build your own theatre using tools from around your house. Easy and fun to create, you can use this to put on a play for your parents/caregivers and bring your favourite characters to life! 

Theatre is a great way to connect with your inner self and to bring out your most creative ideas onto the stage. It can promote confidence and an ‘out of the box’ perspective. 

Safety advice: This activity includes using a sharp object like a knife or a pair of scissors. Beware of sharp edges! Get your parent/caregiver to help you cut the box. Try to use non-toxic paint and craft glue.

Younger kids will need support to build their box. 

Ideal for: Early Learning Ages 3 – 4

Themes: 

  • get messy 
  • fresh air 
  • playtime 
  • be creative 
  • make some noise 
  • think and connect 

Time required: 40 minutes with drying time in between 

Curriculum connections: The Arts, Craft, Critical and Creative Thinking

Tips for Parents and Carers

Kids will need assistance to construct the skeleton of the theatre from the box.  It’s a great idea to encourage them to pick a theme for their box, like the ocean or Australian countryside or the city, etc., so that they can glue 3D objects on that fit with their theme. 

This project may get a little messy so make sure that there is an area set up for paint activities.

Lesson & Curriculum Details

Curriculum codes:

Resources Required

  • A box
  • Assorted decorations 
  • Container with water
  • Cloth
  • Dropsheet 
  • Glue 
  • Knife/scissors for box cutting
  • Palettes (could use plastic lids) 
  • Paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Paper

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Learning@Home resources are designed for parents and teachers to use with children in the home environment. They can be used as stand-alone activities or built into existing curriculum-aligned learning programs. Our Learning@Home series includes two types of resources. The first are fun and challenging real-world activities for all ages, the second are self-directed lessons for upper primary and secondary students. These lessons support independent learning in remote or school settings.

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Worksheets

Student Worksheet

The Theatre Box - Activity Instructions

Build your own theatre using tools from around your house. Easy and fun to create, you can use this to put on a play for your parents/caregivers and bring your favourite characters to life! 

Theatre is a great way to connect with your inner self and to bring out your most creative ideas onto the stage. It can promote confidence and an ‘out of the box’ perspective. 

Safety advice: This activity includes using a sharp object like a knife, or a pair of scissors. Beware of sharp edges! Get your parent/caregiver to help you cut the box. Try to use non-toxic paint and craft glue.

Part A: Preparing The Box

Step 1. Set up an area for painting by putting the drop sheet/plastic sheet or newspaper down underneath. Make sure you are wearing old clothes! Put some water in your container. 

Step 2. Get your parent/caregiver to assist you to start cutting into your box. Cut out a big rectangle on the side of the box that will make your stage. You can also

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