Explore story telling in a different way by making shadow characters.
What You Need:
- Projector or lamp without shade
- Blank wall
- Craft sticks or drinking straws
What To Do:
- Together, draw outlines of characters, animals, people or scenery (houses, trees) onto paper, then cut them out. These cut outs are called silhouettes.
- Tape the silhouette cut outs to a craft stick or straw.
- Set up the projector or lamp near a wall. (Be cautious of the electric cord.)
- Have your child sit on a chair facing the wall (with his back to the projector or lamp).
- Hold up the silhouette cut outs so their shadows show on the wall.
- 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
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