i finished this puppet theater thingie yesterday...it is a paper mache box with two long slits in the top....the "puppets" are animals i cut from a children's book that are taped to bbq skewers....the puppets/skewers slide along the slits in the top so that you can move the animals around to tell your story.....you can also remove any or all of the animals...
i think if i make another i'd do a better job of the paper mache (or maybe just make a cardstock box or something)....and i'd use my own artwork for the characters....(i would also probably paint the skewers to match the background)....also, i think a wider box would be better as to allow the characters to move about more
obviously the sharp skewers don't make this a very child friendly toy, but you could safety those up if you wanted (i just made this for my own enjoyment tho!)
view with all the characters:
view of the slots in the top:
view with some of the characters removed (less cluttered):
thanks for looking!