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Denmark has a great tradition in fairy tale writing.
You have heard of Hans Christian Andersen.
The present-day artist, Asbjorn Lonvig, is renowned
worldwide as a designer, illustrator, storyteller and
fairy tale writer.
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based on Asbjorn Lonvig's fairy tales.

Fairy Tale Theater
Kids' Fairy Tale Factory


by Asbjorn Lonvig


The Fairy Tale Theater is a Kids' Fairy Tale Factory.
The purpose is to prompt kids to tell fairy tales.
To urge kids to tell fairy tales of their own.
It is a puppet theater, too.
A very simple puppet theater.
The main puppets are cardboard fairy tale characters from Asbjorn Lonvig's fairy tales - see children's books online.


 
Fairy Tale Theater - Kids' Fairy Tale FactoryFairy Tale Theater - Kids' Fairy Tale Factory
Here the front of the puppet theater is decorated with dots from Tall-Charlie, who is a giraffe.
So is the stage.

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     You can turn the front around and this side is decorated with stripes from the Prison Horse.
If you turn the stage upside down...

If you place the front on a high table and remove the stage you can as well use this Fairy Tale Theater for
finger puppets and hand puppets.


Why prompt kids to tell fairy tales?
Grown ups believe they are good at fairy tales.
They sure are, but kids are better.
Telling fairy tales develop kids' imagination.
Telling fairy tales develop kids' ability to communicate.
Telling fairy tales develop......


Make your own Fairy Tale Theater and download Asbjorn Lonvig puppets:

The front and the stage are cut out of a 3 mm (0.12") plate of cardboard, size
75 x 66,1 cm (29.5 x 26.0").
The stage (50 x 50 cm - 19.7 x 19.7") is the hole in the front.
Cut the hole and leave 12,5 cm (4.9") to the upper, the left and the right front pieces.
Leave 3,6 cm (1.4") to the lower front piece.

Two red feet 3,3 x 3,3 x 15 cm (1.3 x 1.3 x 5.9") balance the front.

Cut two small pieces out of the cardboard - 3,3 x 1,8 cm (1.3 x 0.7") - like this:

Fairy Tale Theater - Kids' Fairy Tale Factory

Saw a groove of a little less than 3 mm (0.12") in the middle of the feet - depth 1,8 cm (0.7") - like this:

Fairy Tale Theater - Kids' Fairy Tale Factory

Assemble the front and the two feet with glue.

Two sticks 3,3 x 3,3 x 45 cm 
(1.3 x 1.3 x 17.7") is placed underneath the stage.

Paint everything in whatever color you like.

That's all folks!

Now download the fairy tale puppets.
Here - in a Word Document in coulors.
Here - in another Word Document if you want to color them yourself.
(send an e-mail if you want more fairy tale puppets for download).

Print them.
Place them on cardboard and glue.
Cut them out and leave a foot of cardboard - like this:

Fairy Tale Theater - Kids' Fairy Tale Factory

Saw out small bricks of wood (1,5 x 2,5 x 5 cm - 0.6 x 1 x 2")
and saw a tiny groove for the cardboard foot - like this:

Fairy Tale Theater - Kids' Fairy Tale Factory

See some of the puppets:

                 
Bernhard

Sleep-Sheep
Tall-Charlie
Prison-Horse
Belinda
Mr. Tiger
Penguin Blue

All my fairy tale characters (see children's books online) are potetial fairy tale puppets.

Why not ask your granddads to help you build the front, the feet and the stage?

(In stead of sawing out small bricks of wood you might use wooden grill sticks, which you fasten on the back of the puppets using strong tape.)


And...
Now you are ready for fairy tales...


(See Fairy Tale Factory - a TV Concept??)


Sincerely yours,
Grandpa, grandad, granddad, grand pa pa, grand papa, Asbjorn Lonvig, fairy tale writer and Lucca's grandfather.
Asbjorn Lonvig
"Lille Fejringhus",
43 Fejringhusvej
DK-8722 Hedensted, Denmark
Phone: +45 7589 0477



 
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Fairy Tale Theater by fairy tale writer and illustrator Asbjorn Lonvig, Denmark - Kids' Fairy Tale Factory
Fairy Tale Theater by fairy tale writer and illustrator Asbjorn Lonvig, Denmark - Kids' Fairy Tale Factory
Fairy Tale Theater by fairy tale writer and illustrator Asbjorn Lonvig, Denmark - Kids' Fairy Tale Factory
Fairy Tale Theater by fairy tale writer and illustrator Asbjorn Lonvig, Denmark - Kids' Fairy Tale Factory
Fairy Tale Theater by fairy tale writer and illustrator Asbjorn Lonvig, Denmark - Kids' Fairy Tale Factory
Fairy Tale Theater by fairy tale writer and illustrator Asbjorn Lonvig, Denmark - Kids' Fairy Tale Factory
Fairy Tale Theater by fairy tale writer and illustrator Asbjorn Lonvig, Denmark - Kids' Fairy Tale Factory
Fairy Tale Theater by fairy tale writer and illustrator Asbjorn Lonvig, Denmark - Kids' Fairy Tale Factory