Make your own shadow puppets

Introducing the art of puppetry!

Long ago, the first humans discovered the magical world of shadows created by the light of bonfires on cave walls. Thousand of years later, people from China, Japan, Indonesia, Turkey and other countries created stories about their own cultures using these techniques. Create a shadow puppet of yourself then learn how you can move it in a two dimensional world. You'll participate in a short performance scripted by your group or by selecting a story where classmates, friends or family can watch you performing as a puppet in a primitive movie.

  • Target population: First to Sixth grade.
  • Ages: 6 to 12 years old.
  • Duration: 90 minutes. This type of workshop has the potential to be extended up to four hours.
  • File folders
  • Skewers 10-12 inches long.
  • Markers – Colors – Pencils.
  • Cellophane paper of different colors.
  • Paper fasteners.
  • Tape: maskin and transparent.
  • Hole punches.
  • Scissors.
  • Sharpeners – Erasers.
  • Glue.
    Technical requirements:
  • A table with 3’ high and 4’ x 1’ dimensions.
  • Three overhead projectors.
  • Another table or space for placing on the materials.
  • Wall outlets.
  • Some darkness inside the room.