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Shadow Puppets


Shadow puppets

(Ideal for children from Year 2 upward.)


You will need:

-cardboard ideally from a cereal box

-lolly sticks or straws

-scissors, glue and pencil

-light source such as a torch or lamp






What to do:


1. Draw the outline of a person or animal such as a cat on a piece of cardboard and cut it out.


2. Stick it onto a lolly stick or straw so you can hold it up- this is your puppet.


3. Hold the puppet in front of the light source and see if you can make a shadow against a wall. Can you make the shadow bigger or smaller? The science bit: Where the puppet blocks lighta shadow is made. If you go closer to the light source, more light is blocked out and the shadow gets bigger.