Make Wildlife Shadow Puppets

Put on a play in the dark with these easy-to-make animal shadow puppets.

What You Need

  • construction paper
  • wooden craft sticks
  • flashlight
  • hole punch

What You Do

  • Step 1: Download, Print, and Cut out patterns

  • Step 2: Decorate and Assemble Puppets

    • Use a hole punch to give the animals eyes or a design.
    • Glue or tape the animals onto the craft sticks.
  • Step 3: Put on a show

    Darken a room. Shine a flashlight against a plain white wall. Hold the puppets in front of the light so that they cast shadows on the wall. Act out your story with the shadows.


If you can’t find wooden craft sticks, you can also use popsicle sticks or pencils.