Design Activities

While our stages are dark, we want to continue to foster imagination and creativity for young people. Below are a series of Design activities that you can do at home! We will add more activities to this page in the coming weeks, so stay tuned for more exciting ways to engage with theatre. 

For more, check out IRT's Facebook page to see actors and artists introduce some of the activities below. If you loved the activity, take a photo of you or your family in action and tag us @IRTLIVE or #IRTLIVE.

Let the at-home fun begin!


Design: Build a Hand Puppet
Recommended Age: 5 and up

A puppet is a movable model of a person, animal, or object that is controlled by something else. There are hand/glove puppets that fit over a person’s hand, marionettes that are moved by strings attached to sticks, shadow puppets created by holding a shape in front of a light source, and many more!

Try building your own puppet with materials you can find at home!

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Design: Make the Ghost of Christmas Past's Headdress from 
A Christmas Carol

Recommended Age: 5 and up

Create a costume piece from one of Indy's favorite holiday traditions. This activity will guide you through making the headdress of the Ghost of Christmas Past so you can have one of your own!

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Design: Make the Ghost of Christmas Present's Headdress from A Christmas Carol
Recommended Age: 5 and up

Create a costume piece from one of Indy's favorite holiday traditions. This activity will guide you through making the headdress of the Ghost of Christmas Present so you can have one of your own!

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Design: Create a Costume for a Character You Know
Recommended Age: 8 and Up

A Costume Designer supports the story the director wants to tell through what the characters wear on stage. In this activity, try being a Costume Designer and design a costume for a character you know!

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Design: Create a Costume for a Character You Create
Recommended Age: 8 and up

Similar to the Costume Design activity above! In this activity, you will create a costume for a character that you imagine.

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Design: Observe How Lighting Changes the Mood of an Object
Recommended Age: 8 and up

A Lighting Designer’s job is to help the audience see the story. They use light, colors, and shadows to affect what an audience sees and feels. This creates different moods or emotions.

Light changes in our own environments through the day, which can change our opinions or feelings about it. In this activity, see how light changes our perception of an object over the course of the day.

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Design: Create a Set for a Story You Know
Recommended Age: 8 and up

A Scenic Designer’s job is to design the physical world of the play, called a set. Be a Scenic Designer in this activity and design a set for a story you know!

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Design: Create a Playlist for a TV Show or Book
Recommended Age: 10 and up

A Sound Designer is responsible for creating the sound effects and music heard throughout the show. Sometimes that is the sound of a phone ringing or a bird chirping and other times it is a giant thunderstorm, airplanes, or something other-worldly. Try being a sound designer by creating a playlist for a story!

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Design: Create a Soundtrack for a TV Show or Book
Recommended Age: 10 and up

Similar to the Sound Design activity above! In this activity, you will create a soundtrack for a story you know. 

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