Shadow Puppets

Put on a play in the dark with these easy-to-make animal shadow puppets.

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Participant Age: Under 7, 7 to 12
Approximate Cost: Under $10
Duration: 1 to 60 minutes
Difficulty:
Physical Challenge:
  • Construction paper
  • Wooden craft sticks
  • Flashlight
  • Hole punch
  • Shadow puppet patterns
  • Scissors
  • Tape or glue
Download, Print, and Cut Out Patterns
  • Download and print the animal shadow puppet patterns.
  • Cut out animal shapes out of construction. You can cut out your own shapes or use the patterns.

Decorate and Assemble Puppets
  • Use a hole punch to give the animals eyes or decorate them.
  • Glue or tape the animal shapes onto craft sticks.
Put on a Show

Darken a room. Shine a flashlight against a plain white wall. Hold the puppets in front of the light so that they cast shadows on the wall. Act out your story with the shadows.


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