Recycled Cereal Box Puppet Theater

Traveling Under Water Octopus Amphitheater

My kids would eat cereal for breakfast, lunch and dinner if they could. When we heard about the new KiX Interactive Adventure Boxes at Target, we jumped at the opportunity to try it for ourselves. Scrumptious cereal and hours of fun? Yes, please!

Traveling Under Water Octopus Amphitheater

Each box is covered in adorable creatures for kids to pop out, construct, and use to invent stories of their own. My kids immediately snapped into adventure-mode, popping the characters out of the box and jumping online to explore the KiX Adventure Stories. We were totally inspired by Soleil Moon Frye’s stories and set out to create our own tale.

Traveling Under Water Octopus Amphitheater

Murphy (my 9-year-old) was adamant that Rocky the Monkey and Mazy the Octopus, although an unlikely duo, were going to be best friends. Since monkeys don’t normally swim underwater, he decided this monkey was going to learn how to be a *sea* monkey. And so Murphy’s first Broadway-worthy script was born — *Rocky the Monkey Goes Aquatic: A Sea Monkey’s Tale*.

I just love my kids’ crazy little creative brains! While Murphy worked on his new masterpiece, the rest of us got to work crafting the first-ever Traveling Under Water Octopus Amphitheater. This activity had everyone’s imagination whirling! Follow the simple steps below to ignite your own magical adventure story:

What You Need

Traveling Under Water Octopus Amphitheater
  • KiX Adventure Cereal Box
  • Ruler
  • Craft knife
  • FolkArt® Home Décor Chalk Paint
  • Paint brush
  • Tape
  • Ribbon
  • Scissors
  • Wood craft dowels

How-To

Traveling Under Water Octopus Amphitheater

Step 1
Carefully deconstruct the box so it lays flat. Measure and cut a window in the front of the box and a puppet track along the bottom using our printable template (download KiX Cereal Box Theater Template). Use the FolkArt® Home Décor Chalk Paint to give your box vibrant color and a wood-like texture.

Traveling Under Water Octopus Amphitheater

Step 2
Use the leftover cardboard from the window to create the seaweed piece. Once the paint has dried, attach it to the inside of the box with tape.

Traveling Under Water Octopus Amphitheater

Step 3
Measure the ribbon to fit around your child’s neck. Use tape to attach the ribbon strap to the inside of the box. Seal the box shut.

Traveling Under Water Octopus Amphitheater

Step 4
Finally, use tape to attach the KiX characters to the wood dowels to create the puppets. Now let the storytelling begin!

I am a KiX Ambassador and KiX cereal products and other compensations were provided to me by General Mills.