Explore story telling in a different way by making shadow characters.

What You Need:

  • Projector or lamp without shade

  • Table

  • Blank wall

  • Chairs

  • Craft sticks or drinking straws

  • Paper

  • Tape

  • Scissors

What To Do:

  1. Together, draw outlines of characters, animals, people or scenery (houses, trees) onto paper, then cut them out. These cut outs are called silhouettes.

  2. Tape the silhouette cut outs to a craft stick or straw.

  3. Set up the projector or lamp near a wall. (Be cautious of the electric cord.)

  4. Have your child sit on a chair facing the wall (with his back to the projector or lamp).

  5. Hold up the silhouette cut outs so their shadows show on the wall.

  6. Show your child how to make up a story and act it out with the silhouette cut outs, and have him do the same. He could also act out a favorite story or nursery rhyme.

Adapted from: Science Arts by MaryAnn Kohl and Jean Potter