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This easy kids' project turns a plain pumpkin into a fun, interactive puppet theater full of gourd characters.
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Draw the stage shape on the pumpkin and carve it out. Use the photo as a rough guide to the shape and adjust based on the size of your pumpkin.
Clean out the inside of the pumpkin.
Carve a second hole in the back of the pumpkin. This is the backstage -- you will move the puppets around through this hole.
Make the puppets. Paint faces on the gourds; stick dowels in the bottoms of the gourds (trim the dowels so the puppets are small enough to fit in the opening of the pumpkin).
Cut the shop towels slightly larger than the opening for the stage, and then cut it in half down the middle to create two curtains. Cut a dowel that fits across the top of the stage and can be wedged inside the pumpkin. Glue the fabric to the dowel, and place it inside the pumpkin.
To use the theater, put the puppets through the back opening. Let the play begin!