Shadow Play Theatre

cutting out shadow players a

Somehow we didn’t get round to a craft activity I’d planned for the weekend. Not sure why, but it did mean that everything was lined up for us to do it after school yesterday. It happens to have a St David’s day theme. Shadow play 1 aWe chose a folk tale from one of our welsh story books. As we had less time, I drew up some figures from the story on white paper and transferred them to black construction paper, before cutting them out.

BL and I taped a sheet of white tissue paper to a cardboard frame, we made. Not forgetting to tape on feet to help it stand upright.

Shadow play 2 a

By this stage it was dusk. TF ran upstairs to find his torch. I showed the children how to hold the figures up to the shadow theatre and shine the torch behind it.

shadow play wife dancing a

It was lovely to see BL and TF working together, telling the story. They remembered all the details. It really was entertaining to listen to them.

shadow play old man dancing a

Later, I lit the fire in the sitting room and they used that to light the stage. Looking through from the kitchen, I could see the effect was stunning. I couldn’t help smiling at the sight of teddies all lined up to watch the play. Once they had run through the play, they started to make up other tales between them. Always amazes me that even the most simple toy can stimulate so much. In fact, I think the simpler it is, the more imaginative play is inspired. Open ended play at its best.

shadow play wife dancing2 a

I suspect that they will make more players for their shadow theatre and more tales will be performed by my little story tellers. One change I will make. Next time I’ll organize a mirror for the teddies to hold. Just so the stage hands can enjoy the play too.

Of course it doesn’t have to be just for St David’s Day, I’m tempted to make a dragon for St George’s day too. Any favourite story would be fun to make and perform. Which would you make?

I’m linking up with Karen’s #LetKidsBeKids. For simple play ideas for children, hop on over.

Also linking up with the wonderfully creative Sara at creative jewish mom and

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  1. Such a fab idea! So many possibilities for children to use their imagination.
    Thanks for sharing #LetKidsBeKids

    1. Love setting them off with simple ideas, as its really just a spring board to making up their own games. Always fun to see where they go with it.

  2. This looks like great fun! Love the idea of it in front of a lit fire too, sigh… 😉 Thanks for linking with Tuesday Tutorials #pintorials

    1. Its a lovely making project, but it also encourages story telling. Great for team work as well. I can imagine it would work well with your group.

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