Shadow Puppets

Animal shadow puppet

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
  • Shadow puppet patterns
  • Scissors
  • Tape or glue

What You Do

  1. Download, Print, and Cut Out Patterns
    • Download and print the animal shadow puppet patterns.
    • Cut out animal shapes out of construction. You can cut out your own shapes or use the patterns.

    Animal shadow puppet patterns

  2. Decorate and Assemble Puppets
    • Use a hole punch to give the animals eyes or decorate them.
    • Glue or tape the animal shapes onto craft sticks.
  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.

    Animal shadow puppets