Short cut to constructive play, both in the making of puppets for little money and in little time, but in using them in original, brief plays, which children can cope with themselves, once the initial hurdle is taken. Designed for fairly young children (9 to 12). First of all, the kinds of puppet theatres and how to build them, with clear cut, simple directions and diagrams. The equipment, and how to make it -- and to use it. The scenery (simplified for use with the 9 plays included). Next, the puppets themselves, -- different kinds and how they are made and operated. Finally the plays, from the very simplest up to somewhat more complex. Full details of setting, number of puppets to use, acting it out -- and costs. Final section of the book deals with making plans for presenting the production. Excellent how-to-do book which parents and teachers can start going -- and then turn over to the children.