Make/Move: Sunny Day Shadow Show

This was not nearly as difficult as it looks. But every bit as FUN! 

1. Start by finding a nice sunny spot.

2. Make shadow puppets. We did this by:

* Buying people-shaped popsicle sticks from Michaels (we added accessories). I bought these months ago, and was looking for a reason to pull them out! LOVE them!
* Hot gluing punch-out shapes (from construction paper packaging) to popsicle sticks.
* Making our own original shapes out of cardstock, and then gluing them to popsicle sticks.

3. Create your Shadow Show Stage.

 *A comfy place to sit makes it more fun for everyone...
especially Mama.
* I stretched a window shade around the table to make our screen.

4. And now on with the show!

* We played together, but also took turns telling stories. Talk about imagination!! Sheesh. He puts me to shame!

PS. Landon loved his "puppet shadows" so much he asked if we could "please, please play for just a few more minutes before bedtime." To do this we simply turned a light on behind us, got comfy on his bed, and used his headboard as our stage. Rather than reading him a book, I told him a spur-of-the-moment story about a pirate who couldn't find his treasure (cookies with rainbow sprinkles), and a dog that saved the day with his keen sense of smell. Sweet dreams guaranteed, right?! :)


mer@lifeat7000feet said...

That is so clever! My kids would LOVE this. They often get behind the sofa and put on puppet show so this would be a great way to change it up a bit and let them get creative making their "characters".

Thanks for sharing!!!

Bev said...

We could do this at the lake, in the evenings, on the deck. I'll look for the popsicle sticks next time I'm at Michaels or Hobby Lobby. I'm beginning to think I need to put together a plastic bin of craft stuff for when the grandkids come to visit - absolutely adorable idea!

FunMom said...

HA! I'm totally cracking up looking at this post today...the first picture looks SO SINISTER (crazy, bat-wielding lady comes to house in the middle of the night!!). In fact, this particular "story" was about a little girl who didn't want to have to wait until daytime to play baseball...Landon can relate to that one. It looks a little scary though! :)

Olivia said...

Very, very fun! I might have to steal that one some time!

Bev said...

Let him get a bit older and he'll love the 'crazy, bat-wielding lady comes to house in middle of night' version, beng a typical boy!

Anonymous said...

I am amazed by your creativity. I cannot believe how fun this looks. It is definitely something I need to arrange for my kiddos! You are FunMOM!!


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