This theatre activity brings out the romance of a dramatic balcony scene. Kids can stage their version Romeo and Juliet or create a balcony scene of their own in this indoor activity.
What You'll Need:
- Heavy-duty scissors
- Cardboard refrigerator box
- Duct tape
- Old shirt
- Poster paints
- Bricks or concrete blocks
- Scrap fabric (optional)
- Aerobic step bench or small step stool
How to Do Wherefore Art Thou Romeo?:
Step 1: Using the heavy-duty scissors, help your kids by cutting out all the way down one corner of the box. You will have three vertical "bends" in your box where the corners used to be.
Step 2: Lay the box on the floor, and bend up the left and right bends, leaving the middle one flat. At the left and right bends, tape the upper flaps together to form corners. (Don't do anything with the lower flaps yet.)
Step 3: Stand the box up, and reinforce the corners, from top to bottom, with tape. Then tape together the middle flaps at the top, but do not bend them.
Step 4: About 6-inches from the very top of the box, draw your balcony window. Make it 2 x 2 feet. Poke the scissors into a corner of the window, and cut it out.
Step 5: Spread the newspapers out under the box. Bend the bottom flaps to the inside. These are the "feet" for your balcony. The corner flaps will overlap the middle flaps. Tape these together, then put bricks or concrete blocks on the flaps to stabilize the balcony.
Step 6: Have your child wear an old shirt for paint protection. Paint a base color on the balcony and let dry. If you want bushes or flowers at the foot of the balcony, paint those in next. Finally, with a color darker than the base color, brush in the outlines of bricks or stones.
Step 7: Add curtains if you wish. Inside the balcony, put an aerobic step or small step stool beneath the window. Your kids will love to step up to the window, and make a speech to your thundering applause!
Time for a talent search in the next theatre activity.