How To Do Shadow Puppets With Hands


Items Youll Need

All you need is:

  • A cardboard box (a cereal box works very well),
  • Scissors
  • Tape
  • Thin white paper or wax paper
  • Either straws, craft sticks, or skewers
  • A desk lamp works well for the light source.
  • Oh, and you need some imagination because there are stories to be told!


Moon Festival: Shadow Puppets

Celebrate the Mid-Autumn Moon Festival by staging a shadow puppet show based on the Chinese Moon legend that explains the origins and traditions of the festival.

Shadow puppets – KS1 Science – BBC Bitesize

Shadow puppets. Part of. Science. Light and sound. Duration 01:59. Description Classroom Ideas. Description. Shadow puppeteer Manju Gregory shows how to make and create a shadow

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Cut Shadow Puppets with a Machine

If you have a silhouette cutting machine (Silhouette Portrait or Cricut), you can import the designs and have them cut in no time. Below, you will find my detailed tutorials on how to do that.

How to import a JPEG or PNG image in the Silhouette Studio

How to import a JPEG or PNG image in the Cricut Design Space  

Pros: The machine does a good job, and once you invest in it, you can use it for all the silhouettes you will ever need. I’m very fond of mine.

Cons: Not so cheap. On the other hand, for a crafter, it’s a really amazing investment, and cost is similar to a decent printer. Like a printer, there is the ongoing cost of expendables – you need to buy replacement mats and blades occasionally. 


  • Be careful if using candles, lamps are recommended.

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  • Be careful when cutting out the cardboard-box and paper.

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A Pioneer Sampler – a great living book

This book is actually the inspiration for our making a shadow puppet theater! In the book, the Robertsons spend a cold winter's evening around the fire watching to Granny cast shadows on the wall as she tells a silly story about hobgoblins.

This is such a wonderful way to learn about the American pioneers. The book centers around the Robertsons, a backwoods family of nine. Engaging stories about their lives teach about the lifestyle of our American forefathers and mothers. Interspersed among the stories are factual pages with beautiful line drawings and activity suggestions. A fascinating book!

Thanks for visiting. I hope that your puppet theater is a grand success!

Make Potato Puppets

It's fun to have a puppet show, and with potato pu

It’s fun to have a puppet show, and with potato puppets it’s very easy. First have your Mom or Dad remove the skin from a potato. With a butter knife carve a nose, mouth and eye holes (with parental permission). Put raisins in the eye holes and fasten them with pins. At the bottom of the potato, spoon a deep hole for your finger (or have your mom or dad cut the hole for you). When you hold your puppet on your finger, you can tie a piece of cloth to cover your hand. Or, instead of your finger, you can put the puppet head on a stick that you "dress." You and your friends can make different kinds of potato-puppet characters and perform plays.

Printable Clown Finger Puppets

With this cute puppet clown, your fingers are the

With this cute puppet clown, your fingers are the clown’s legs, so you can make him dance and move in all types of silly ways. All you have to do is go to this page to print out the clown. And Here is a Second Clown Finger Puppet…choose the one that you like better. Paste him on cereal box cardboard. Now cut him out, including the 2 holes for your fingers to act as legs. Now just put him on your 2 fingers and act in all sorts of silly ways with your new finger puppet clown.

Impossible Shadow Puppets – TV Tropes

2020-7-6 · Shadow puppets are a fun manipulation of light, shadow, and one's body parts (generally hands) to create images that are unexpected given the standard human body design. However interesting they are, there's only a limited number of times you can show "doggy, deformed rabbit, hand-shaped cactus" before it gets old. Not with this trope.

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