Wednesday, October 10, 2012

DIY shadow puppet theatre

I saw a great idea on the Seedling Facebook page a couple of weeks ago- making a shadow puppet theatre. They were running some workshops for the school holidays and the pic showed a scene from the Gruffalo. (Here's the pic on their page. )  I thought it would be fun to make our own one so I had a go- the girls loved it and played with it for ages..always a good thing!  

Here's how I made my one...

You will need
white A4 paper
black card
wooden skewers or lollipop sticks (I bought mine from a cake supplies store a while ago with grand plans of making lollipop cookies which hasn't eventuated yet!)
cereal box
glue stick
cake board (optional)

1. Print out these Gruffalo colouring sheets and reduce them to about 25% of their original size. Cut around each picture like above and stick onto some black card.
 2. Cut out each picture and stick onto a wooden skewer or lollipop stick

3. Take apart a cereal box so it lies flat. On the two largest rectangles of the box measure about 1.5 cms in from each side (see below) and cut out (see below 2nd pic)
4. Tape the box back together so the outside of the cereal box becomes the inside.
5. Now trim a piece of A4 white paper to fit inside the box. Cut a piece of black card the same size.
6. Cut out two trees from the black card (nice and easy because the black card is the same height as the white paper) and stick onto the white paper
7. Stick the white paper to the inside of the box like below
8. Cut a slit out of the bottom of the box closest to the white paper for your puppets to go.
9. I sellotaped the theatre to the edge of a cake board so it was easy to keep the theatre stable- make sure the slit is just over the edge of the board if you do this (see above)
10. Set up a lamp behind the theatre on a stool so it is roughly the same height as the theatre. Warn children to be careful of hot light bulbs (learnt that lesson!)
11. Have fun acting out your story!
 And here are some more pics from the Seedling workshop for more great story ideas as well as ideas for decorating your puppet theatre-  thanks for the idea Seedling and Tweet Design!
Megan x


Miriam said...

Love this - so going to have a go with it!

monkeemoomoo said...

Megan I love this. I'll be keeping this idea up my sleeve for the next school holidays....or maybe even Halloween!

gretbert said...

So cool!

meg said...


CC said...

Great idea. The Gruffalo would be perfect for it, too. My kids know the story well

fee @ chipper nelly said...

what a brilliant share Megan. I'm off to tell Cleggy and get him to share your post on his blog too (if that's ok with you?)
I made some story gruffalo story stones for my boys when they were little (here's a photo
which I still find them and their little cousins playing with! Timeless.
Great post
fee x

...Nina Nixon... said...

What a fabulous idea - my girls would love this.

Nina x

Craftysquirrel said...

Snowy day today in October in nz ! So we made a charlie and Lola shadow box thanks to this post - currently enjoying it until we go play in the slush .

Beautiful Day said...

Oh my gosh! Pure genius! I'm copying this for school! :)

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