Theatre Activities for Kids

Story Scroll

Story Scroll theatre activity
Story Scroll theatre activity
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Do the Story Scroll theatre activity and your kids will really be on a roll! This indoor activity makes kids test their narrative skills while putting their show on a TV-like screen.

What You'll Need:

  • White butcher paper
  • 2 long gift wrap tubes
  • Cardboard box
  • Scissors
  • Markers or paints

How to Make Story Scroll:

Step 1: Have your child choose a folktale or a play you've seen, or make up his own story.

Step 2: Find a TV-size box, and cut out a screen-size hole in the front. Cut round holes in the top and bottom of the left-hand and right-hand corners, so you can thread the gift wrap tubes through the holes.

Step 3: Instruct your child to pick 10 key scenes in the story. Draw or paint the scenes from the story in panels on the white butcher paper. Make sure the panels fit the size of the TV screen. Don't forget to make a title page and a closing page. The pictures can be done by several people, if you wish, and then taped together later in the correct order.

Step 4: Thread the gift wrap tubes through the holes above and below the screen. Once the artwork is finished and taped together, tape the ends of the scroll onto the tubes. Roll the scroll around the tubes.

Step 5: Choose a narrator to tell the story while someone rolls the panels forward.

In the next theatre activity, create scenery for a fun, dramatic balcony scene.

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