All kids love puppets, and my girls love the little hand puppets their dad uses to play games with them at bedtime, the one remaining bath puppet they have, even the tiny finger puppets in their baby board books. And for a long time I have wanted to buy them a puppet theater, but I haven’t wanted to commit to something that takes up so much space. I needed to find some spacesaving options that they would still enjoy and play with for years. And I found several, from tiny, tabletop versions to larger, floor models! Here, a few ideas that should inspire hours of creative play! (HINT: Just click on the pink words to go straight to the item!)
Playmobil My Take Along Puppet Theater, $49.99: I love Playmobil toys. They are so appealingly retro and detailed and too cute! I only wish they had more girly options. This one will appeal to both sexes. I love the detail and my girls will love all the little pieces, and I also love that it makes sounds, including applause and laughter.
Tabletop Puppet Theater, $89: This beautifully made, generously-sized puppet theater may be all your child needs to stage elaborate productions!
Boikido Puppet Theater, $34.99: This French company makes beautiful wooden toys, and this adorable puppet theater is proof. Love the soft colors, the four cute, tiny puppets and the fact that it has an applause track!
Melissa & Doug Deluxe Puppet Theater, $59.85: This reduced price is a great deal on Melissa & Doug quality (love their stuff!). The colorful, carnival-ish styling will appeal to kids, and it’s small enough that it shouldn’t swallow up your entire house!
Guidecraft Royal Tapletop Theater, $21.65: Can’t beat the price, and you get a company known for its quality! The plush curtains make this look like a real little theater.
Reeve & Jones Carnival Puppet Theater, $55.64: This well-made puppet theater is affordable, yet offers everything a child needs for hours of play! Best of all, it fits into a doorway, and folds up when not in use.
Theater Punch by Kathe Kruse, $66.99: Don’t have a lot of room? Then this finger-puppet theater could be just what you are looking for. Great quality and detail, only on a smaller scale. This nativity theater, also from Kathe Kruse, is a great idea for the Christmas season!