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Val’s Crafty Corner: Mini Movie Theater

2012-07-13 by Valerie Deneen

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This recipe for creative play and building fun is brought to you by Melissa & Doug, written by our Blog Ambassador Valerie Deneen.

Enjoy building and exploring with your kids!

We are experiencing a major heat wave, and one of our favorite ways to escape the heat is to go see a movie. My girls thought it would be fun for their stuffed animals to have a mini movie theater of their own. So we built one with our Melissa & Doug Unit Block Set!

Oh! Hello! Would you like to buy a movie ticket?

stuffed dog

Perhaps you would like some popcorn too? Let me ring it up on my cash register ... that will be $2.00, please.  (Wow, this movie theater is a bargain!!)

Word of this place has spread quickly. Almost all of the seats are filled!

bird toy

The girls spent a very long time building and rebuilding their mini movie theater. They sold lots of tickets to every show!

girls playing

We set the wooden crate that the blocks came in on its side as a movie screen, and used some crepe paper and bulletin board trim for the screen curtains. Shhhhh! The show is just about to start!

movie theater game

Now, sit back, relax, and enjoy the show!

girls playing

You can build a mini movie theater of your own using our Mini Movie Printable –it includes a template for the popcorn box, various signs, and a cash register template too. Fill the bottom of the popcorn box with pieces of paper, and the top with bits of air-dry clay. Use a yellow marker for “butter.”


Have fun!!


Valerie Deneen

Valerie Deneen is the author of Inner Child Fun, where she inspires parents to spend more quality time with their kids, and less money doing it. Inner Child Fun celebrates simple pleasures for all ages—with more than 1,000 frugal and creative projects sure to bring out the “kid” in you too! Follow Valerie on Twitter or say “Hi” on Facebook.

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