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Fun Family Theatre Techniques with Children and Parents

Updated: Mar 21

Dear Readers,

As families seek new and exciting ways to spend time together, one fantastic idea that often gets overlooked is family theatre. Theatre activities are fun and educational, enhancing children's communication skills, confidence, and creativity. Let's explore some enjoyable family theatre techniques that can easily be done at home.

Fun Family Theatre Techniques with Children and Parents

1. Puppet Show Magic


  • Socks, paper bags, or old gloves for puppets.

  • Markers, yarn, buttons, and other craft supplies for decoration.

  • A makeshift puppet stage (can be a cardboard box or behind a couch).

How to Play:

  • Each family member creates their puppet character by decorating their chosen material.

  • Develop a simple story or use a familiar fairy tale.

  • Perform behind your makeshift stage, with each person voicing their puppet.

Puppetry is a fantastic way to engage children. It encourages creative and imaginative expression. Creating and manipulating puppets can help improve motor skills, while voice acting for puppets can enhance vocal expression and storytelling abilities.

Improvisation Games

2. Improvisation Games


  • A jar with written prompts (simple scenarios or characters).

How to Play:

  • Take turns drawing a prompt from the jar.

  • Act out the scenario or character without any preparation.

  • Other family members can join in or guess the character/scenario.

Improvisation, or 'improv,' is a terrific tool for fostering quick thinking and creativity. It encourages spontaneity and helps build communication skills. Moreover, it's a great way to have a lot of laughs as a family!

Family Storytelling Theatre


3. Family Storytelling Theatre


  • A collection of storybooks, or you can create your own story.

  • Simple costumes or props (optional).

How to Play:

  • Choose a story to enact.

  • Assign roles to each family member.

  • Read the story aloud, acting out the scenes as you go along.

Younger children especially benefit from this approach, as it boosts their listening and comprehension skills. Performing stories also aids in comprehending the structure of narratives and the development of characters. It's a fun way to bring stories to life!

family shadow theatre technique


4. Shadow Play


  • A lamp or flashlight.

  • A blank wall or white sheet.

  • Objects or hand shapes to create shadows.

How to Play:

  • Create a story that can be told through shadows.

  • Use your hands or objects to create shadow figures on the wall.

  • One family member can narrate the story while others create shadows.

Shadow play is a magical and visually captivating form of theatrical art. It gives children the chance to discover the world of light and shadow and understand how shapes can convey stories. It provides an excellent opportunity to enhance teamwork and coordination skills.

Mini Musical family theatre play techniques


5. Mini Musical


  • Favorite songs or simple instruments (optional).

  • Costumes or props (optional).

How to Play:

  • Create a short story or use a well-known one.

  • Incorporate songs into the story, either by singing or using instruments.

  • Act out the story, with musical numbers interspersed.

Engaging in the production of a mini musical can be a pleasurable experience. It blends acting, singing, and dancing, giving a holistic avenue for artistic expression. It's also an excellent opportunity to familiarize children with the concept of musical storytelling.


There are multiple advantages to engaging in family theater activities at home. It helps to build stronger family relationships, encourages emotional expression, and instills a love for the arts. It's a way to explore new worlds and characters together, creating memories that last a lifetime.

Always remember that the key to a successful family theater experience is to enjoy yourself and let your creativity lead the way. There are no rigid guidelines or set expectations - only a blank canvas for creativity and self-expression. Thus, bring together your loved ones, create the perfect ambiance, and experience the delight and amusement that theater can bring to your home.

Your Companion in Creativity,

Nancy Castrogiovanni

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