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Rockin' and Rollin' Waves theatre activity
Rockin' and Rollin' Waves theatre activity
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This rockin' and rollin' waves craft makes a big theatre activity splash. Plus they add a really cool touch to a theatre production. Kids will love playing with the fantastic waves in this indoor activity.

What You'll Need:

  • Heavy-duty scissors
  • 3 big cardboard boxes of the same size
  • Duct tape
  • Newspapers
  • Old shirts
  • Poster paints
  • Paintbrushes
  • 6 paper towel tubes

How to Make Rockin' and Rollin' Waves:

Step 1: Use the heavy-duty scissors to cut out the bottom of a box and cut down one corner of the box from top to bottom. Spread the box out, and cut off all the flaps. Do the same with the other boxes.


Step 2: Using one of the discarded flaps and a pencil, sketch a big curl of an ocean wave. Cut it out. This is your wave template.

Step 3: Use the template to trace waves across each of the long cardboard strips you've made out of the boxes. Make sure there's at least 10 to 12 inches of space under each wave. Now cut out your rows of waves.

Step 4: Wrap the duct tape from top to bottom around the bent parts in each row of waves. This stabilizes the rows.

Step 5: To make a sturdy handle, cut down the length of a paper towel tube. Roll the cardboard into a tighter tube (until there's a double layer of cardboard all the way around), and wrap the tube in duct tape. Do the same with the other tubes.

Step 6: To attach the handles to a row of waves, lay one tube at the end of one row, on the back side. Half of it should be behind the wave and half below it. Tape the handle to the cardboard. The tape can be overlapped to the front, since it will be painted later. Do the same at the other end of the row.

Step 7: Have your kids wear an old shirt as a smock to protect clothing. Spread out the newspapers to paint on. Paint a base color on your waves and let dry. Once base is dry, add details in several different colors.

Step 8: When your waves are finished, line up the lengths of waves, one in front of the other. One person will hold each handle. The middle row should be held a little higher than the front one, and the back row a little higher than the middle one.

Step 9: Practice making the front and back rows sway in one direction while the middle row sways in the opposite direction. Talk about awesome wave action!

Whodunit? Find out in the next theatre activity for kids. They'll love creating their own mystery theatre game.

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