Transform a simple door into a place for Finger Puppet Theater.
With a craft knife (a parent's job), carefully trim the sides of the box to 7 or so inches high.
Cut a trapezoidal notch in one of the longer sides, as shown here, to give the puppeteers more room to work.
With a straightedge, draw a rectangle on the box's bottom for the stage opening. We placed ours 4 inches from the top and sides and 5 inches from the bottom edge.
Carefully cut the rectangle from the box bottom and with packing tape secure the loose edges of the flaps and reinforce any weak seams.
Cut 4 holes for 2 of the tension rods. Cut one set top middle and the other set botton middle. Each hole should be centered in the sidewall and as close to the seam as possible.
Decorate the front of the theater. Cover the box with construction paper to hide the seams, then decorate it with crayons and markers.
Thread an old curtain on the third curtain rod and hang it just below the stage.