29_Shadow Theatre

22 Aug

Bed time stories in the dark were never this fun.

© 2011 Fernanda de Uriarte

It will take you about 45 minutes to make; a bit more if you decide to make more characters.

You`ll need:

_To choose a story to make the characters for. I decided to make Goldilocks and the 3 Bears.

_An A4 piece of cardboard, or as many as you need to make enough characters for your story. (You could recycle a cereal box or the back of a paper block)


_Cutter/Exacto knife, Scissors.

_Cutting mat or a surface to cut on.

_ As many wooden sticks as characters you´re making (I made 4 characters so I used 4 sticks) They could be skewers, just be careful with the pointy ends and make sure you cut them off before you start palying.

_Sticky tape.

_Something to pierce the eyes of the characters, like the point of a compass or a circle cutter.

_A flashlight.

How to make your Shadow Theatre:

1. Draw the silhouette of the characters on your story on the piece of cardboard. Don´t worry about the details inside, like clothes and face;  all you need is the silhouette as that is the only thing you´ll recognize in the shadows.

2. Cut all your drawings out.

3. Use the point of a compass or something similar to pierce the eyes.

4. Use something thicker, like a skewer, to make the eyes bigger.

© 2011 Fernanda de Uriarte

5. Grab a skewer or stick and stick it in the back of one of the characters with sticky tape.

6. Do the same for the rest of the characters.

© 2011 Fernanda de Uriarte

7. Now turn the lights off, turn the flashlight on and point it towards the characters.

8. Tell/represent the story as you move the characters and see their shadows projected on the wall.

© 2011 Fernanda de Uriarte

What other stories can you shadow-tell? how about Hansel and Gretel… or Snow White and the 7 dwarfs?

Lots of cutting but might be fun.

Good night!



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