Who needs a real stage and fancy lighting rigs? Your child can be a star at home with the performances she creates. If your child is a true performer, you may grow weary of the nightly shows she hosts. But letting her take the stage helps builds her creativity and confidence that can transfer to other areas of her life.
Types of Shows
The types of performances your child can do at home are almost endless. Her personal talents and interests help guide the way. My kids do a lot of puppet shows and dance routines for their home performances. They also like to come up with their own magic tricks and put on magic shows, or walk their pets down a makeshift runway for a pet show. Your child might like to be an actor on the stage, or do a dramatic reading of a story she loves. Does she love fashion? Encourage her to strut her stuff on the runway.
You don’t need anything fancy for your kids to put on a show at home. The toys and supplies she already owns work well. Coming up with costumes and props is part of the creative process. For example, she might find an old top hat in the dress-up bin and use a towel tied around her neck as a cape to transform herself into a magician.
Setting the Stage
Your child will need a clear area for her performance. Push aside the coffee table and rug so she can take center stage. If she wants to put on a puppet show, use the back of the couch as a quick puppet stage. She bends down behind the couch and holds the puppets above the back.
Perhaps one of the most important roles in the show is yours as an audience member. When you get home at night you just want to relax, but don’t shortchange your child. Give her your full attention when she puts on her performance. Shut off the TV. Put away your cell phone. Simply enjoy the show. Clap when appropriate and participate as needed. That attention and encouragement goes a long way toward building your child’s confidence.