Lemon Drop is around 5 months old now and I noticed that he is starting to play with his own shadow when he is on the changing table. So, I figured I would make him some shadow puppets. They are easy to make, affordable and provide hours of entertainment for little ones! You can also make shadow puppets of the characters from your son/daughter’s favorite books or stories. If your kids are older, they can even make their own! Or, make a game out of it. Hold the image facing you as you are cutting them out and have them try to guess what you are cutting out before you finish!
What you need:
Cardstock paper (or any kind of heavy weight paper)
Flashlight and batteries
Draw a shape…or… if you aren’t confident in your drawing ability, run an image search online for silhouette images and trace them or print them on your cardstock paper
Next, cut the shapes out with a pair of scissors.
Tada! You have the making of a shadow!
Now, you have the option to just hold the shadow puppet with your hands or, attach each one to a stick so your hands do not get in the way. The easiest material you can use are kabob sticks. Just be sure to CUT OFF THE SHARP POINT!
Attach the kabob stick to the back of your shape with a piece of tape.
Make a whole assortment of different shadow puppets!
Think of the stories you read or tell… like the Tortoise and the Hare. Act it out with your shadow puppets.
Test your shadows out and have fun!