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Box TV

Fun at home activity

Make a box TV

Make an episode of Play School with a box TV and a drawing of your favourite toys or a story on a scroll.

a colour photo of toys from Playschool
© Australian Broadcasting Corporation 2016


Do you love Play School? What would you like to see on the show? Check out the Play School exhibition at the National Museum of Australia and create your own TV episode.


Make an episode of Play School with a box TV and a drawing of your favourite toys or a story on a scroll.

This activity takes one to two hours. It is suitable for children aged three to eight years.

Please note: adult supervision is required for cutting and construction.


pdfDownload the ‘Make a box TV episode’ instruction sheet (PDF 925kb)

pdfDownload the box TV template (PDF 55kb)

pdfDownload the storyboard scroll template (PDF 14kb)

What you need

Look around the house or visit your local craft store for materials.

Box TV construction

  • TV template PDF, printed onto 6 x A4 sheets of paper
  • large piece of card, about 600 x 900 millimetres
  • glue
  • utility knife or box cutter
  • cutting mat
  • metal ruler
  • clear sticky tape or double- sided tape
  • pen to draw and score foldable lines

Storyboard scroll

  • Storyboard scroll template PDF, printed onto A3 paper
  • 2 x cardboard tubes (like cling wrap rolls), at least 33cm long


  • glue, sticky tape, scissors
  • patty pans
  • coloured markers, crayons or pencils
  • sticky tape or double-sided tape
  • pipe cleaners or straws, if you want an aerial
  • lids or buttons for TV knobs
  • stickers

How to make your box TV

craft materials
Two hands using scissors to trim a piece of paper

Step 1: Gather materials and print the TV template on six sheets of A4 paper. Use scissors to trim each sheet as marked.

TV template
craft materials

Step 2: Lay the six template sheets out on a large sheet of card, in two rows, matching the numbers 1–4. Glue into place. Step 3: Ask an adult to cut around the template, using a utility knife on a cutting mat. Cut out the shaded rectangle and circles. Step 4: Test your cardboard tubes in the circles and adjust to size.

craft materials
craft materials

Step 5: Score, or trace over the dotted lines using a ruler and ballpoint pen and being careful not to pierce the card. Step 6: Turn the card over and add decorations around the rectangular TV screen. Glue on knobs or draw on speakers. Check out some pictures of old TVs or have fun with your imagination.

Two hands making a box
craft materials

Step 7: Turn the card over and start to form the box TV shape, after folding along the dotted lines you scored earlier. Step 8: Tape into place, leaving the back flap open so you can insert your storyboard scroll later.
Step 9: Insert the two tubes through the holes on either end of the box TV.

How to make your storyboard scroll

Think about what type of episode you want to show on your TV. Will it be Play School toys, presenters, windows, clocks or yourself? Who will you invite to watch your TV show? What do you think they would like to see? This might help you put your story together.

Step 1: Print out the storyboard scroll template PDF onto A3 paper.

Storyboard template on a cutting mat

Step 2: Ask an adult to cut off the shaded area of the storyboard scroll sheet. This will help it fit inside the box TV.

craft materials

Step 3: Draw your episode inside the storyboard rectangles. Think of each rectangle as four separate scenes, working from first at the top, to last at the bottom. If you want to make a longer episode, tape more A3 sheets to the bottom and keep drawing.

Step 4: Ask an adult to help insert the completed storyboard scroll face down into the box.

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Step 5: Check that you can see the storyboard drawings through the front of the cut out TV screen. Check it lines up neatly and that the pictures are not upside down.

Step 6: Once in place, tape the top of the storyboard scroll to the top tube. Wind the storyboard around the top tube until the end of the storyboard is at bottom tube, then tape that in place. The tension on the storyboard should be tight.

Step 7: Fold the back of the TV into place and tape it up to enclose your episode. Now you can scroll through your episode by winding the tubes. Don’t forget you will need to rewind first. Invite your family and friends to watch your show!

craft materials

Share your creation

Share your box TV designs or story ideas us by sending a photo or video to:

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