Do you remember doing shadow puppets with your hands on the wall at bedtime? Bulldogs, eagles, foxes and butterflies kept us company while we fell asleep. We wanted to create a shadow puppet show with our kids that we could share with you today, and here's what we came up with!Download Create Your Own Shadow Puppets Printable Template Download Create Your Own Shadow Puppets Printable Template 2
First, you'll need to download the attached printable. Cut out each item and tape it to a BBQ skewer stick, popsicle stick, toothpick ... really whatever you have on hand! We also included another sheet of trees so you can create some nice forest for your scenery.
Once you have all your woodland creatures cut out and affixed to the skewers, you're ready to set the stage. We set our theater up in the doorway of a laundry room. It's windowless and really dark, so it created the perfect backdrop for the puppet show. Using a roll of white craft paper, we taped a piece wide enough to cover the door way, leaving enough room underneath for the actors to crawl underneath.
We used black posterboard to create the scenery, cutting out rolling hills, a grassy field, a moon and clouds.
Once the scenery is ready, all you need is the light! You can use a shade-less lamp or flashlight to project your animals onto the white screen. Now you're ready to put on your play!