Teachers have shared with us that when you want to stage an impromptu readers theater or play-there is one must have to make the experience fun for all your little thespians–you have to have props waiting in the wings.
Props, simple masks and costumes are a great way to extend the Readers Theater experience. We suggest that you build a box of costume props, hats and masks to keep at the ready whenever the dramatic mood comes out in your classroom. Props can be collected from parents and discount stores. Masks can be simple or elaborate and resources to create masks are found everywhere—from crafts stores to kitchen cabinets.Be sure to shop for items for your costume box right after holidays. You will find treasures in the clearance aisle—angel halos and wings after Christmas, crowns, hats, boas and beads after New Year’s, and bunnies, baskets, eggs and chicks after Easter. Michaels, Target “Dollar Spot,” Walmart and the 99 Cent Store hold a bonanza of treasures for holiday items that can be used and re-purposed for your dramatic creations.
Quick Ideas for Props!