Building Shadow Puppets

In appearance shadow puppets resemble silhouettes, and are fairly easy to make.  Cereal box shadow puppets work surprisingly well, and cardstock is rather cheap especially if you can make two puppets with one sheet.  This kind of puppet makes a fairly easy project for children 1st grade and above, and you will find it appealing even for high school students.

Chuck Berry will be the newest addition to the list of famous people I have made into shadow puppet portraits.  While the task of cutting out the guitar might be rather tricky, the puppet itself is rather simple, consisting of only three moving parts.

I have made a great deal of these shadow puppet designs over the years.  Some of my designs include ballerinas, ninjas, pigs, elephants, T-Rexes, and mermaids.  I have also made designs for super heroes such as Batman, or even real-life super heroes such as Simone Biles.

Although typical shadow puppets don’t always have color, these puppets look very good in full color.  Markers or colored pencils are ideal, and depending on what choices you make, one design can turn out many different ways.  In fact, my design for a ballerina is actually the same design I use for a ninja; the only difference between the two is the color chosen, and a few extra scissor cuts.

The best thing about shadow puppets is that unlike other puppets they don’t resemble dolls, and this makes them appealing to older students.  It is true these puppets do resemble paper dolls, although I often forget to mention that to male students.   This is also an easy project for children to take home, and parents will find cereal boxes disappearing at alarming speed.

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