Inspire your kids for inventive dramatic play with this cereal box shadow theatre. Not hard to make- full tutorial here:
You can purchase puppets for this type of shadow theatre – follow the links in the post above and/or check these out.
Better yet, teach your kids how to make their shadow puppets using clipart or magazine art that they trace onto black poster board, cut out and attach to popsicle (craft) sticks. This should provide HOURS of imaganative fun.