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HABA Doorway Puppet Theatre

HABA Doorway Puppet Theatre

Spring 2014 Toys
Ages: 1 & Up
Manufacturer: HABA
Price: $50.00

The Haba Doorway Puppet Theatre is a simple way to create magic puppet plays with the twist of a tension rod in a doorway. The theatre is a nylon curtain crafted to resemble a colorful gender-neutral castle scene with a curtained opening for puppets to appear and disappear through. The fabric hangs approximately 5 feet high and 4 feet wide and contains 3 hidden, wooden, horizontal sticks inserted into slots in the top, middle and bottom to make the theatre hang straight. Some thoughtful features of this theatre are the little curtains at the opening that can be tied back or left to hang loose and block the view behind the puppets, as well as a little round window at the top where another puppet can look down on the action below. The bottom front of the theatre has an oval plastic slot for a child to create a sign stating the name of the play.

It's worth noting that while not included with the theater, HABA also makes adorable, well-made puppets that are a good size for little hands to manipulate, while still big enough for an adult to get in on the fun. Our testers really enjoyed playing with this puppet theatre and putting shows on for the adults in the family. This doorway puppet theatre is a very simple, fun and interactive toy that stimulates creativity, as well as being easily unfolded and folded for quick set up, take down and storage.

Ines Horlacher   ©2014 Parents' Choice
Ines holds a Bachelor's degree in secondary Spanish education, a Master's Degree in secondary teaching and is currently pursuing an Administrator's endorsement on her teaching certificate. Married and mother of a five year old girl and a three year old boy, if Ines is not cooking, she's consumed by glue, glitter, and cotton ball crafts.

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