All the shoe box's a stage, and all the plastic utensils merely players -- in our tabletop theater, at least. Both actors and stage are made from recycled materials and craft-box scraps.
For the theater: Cut away one of the long sides of a shoe box, leaving a border of about 3/4-inch on three sides. Use the rectangle that you removed as a template to mark and cut out a rectangle from the box lid. On the bottom of the box, mark and cut out a rectangle with a scalloped curtain top (A).
Paint the lid and the outside of the shoe box and let them dry. Glue the lid to the side of the box so that the rectangular holes are aligned. For the rear curtain, glue the top inch of a rectangle of white felt to the inside of the box (B).
Use painter's tape to secure the theater to the edge of a table so that the bottom opening is accessible.
For the puppets: Twist a 6-inch length of pipe cleaner around the neck of a plastic spoon (C).
To make the clothing, cut a slit in a rectangle of colored felt, slip the felt over the head of the spoon, and tie the felt with a ribbon belt. Use glue to add googly eyes, pom-pom noses, and yarn hair (D).