• Sarah Caughron

Shadow Puppets

If you are looking for a way to extend the play of the Popsicle Stick Puppetry activity, try turning out the lights!

Shadow puppets are so fun, and my kids LOVE to see how their puppet changes size as they get closer to or farther away from the light source. We made our own puppets using construction paper, tape, and a tongue depressor. A simple flashlight is all you need!

I can't wait to hear how you use this with your own kiddos! I love the stories and drama that unfolds when we use these simple puppets. (And it doesn't hurt that my kids will play with this independently ... after I break up a few fights about who gets to hold the flashlight!)

The science of a shadow:

A shadow is the absence of light. If light cannot get through an object, the surface on the other side of that object (for example, the ground or a wall) will have less light reaching it. A shadow is NOT a reflection even though it is often the same shape of the object upon which light is being cast. An object's shape determines the shape of the shadow, and the size of the shadow is dependent on the position of the light source. A shadow will be larger if the shadow puppet is brought close to the light source. Conversely, a shadow will appear smaller when the puppet is moved away from the light source. This can really increase the fun of shadow puppet play. Shadow puppetry is a long celebrated performance modality. Click here to learn more.

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