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Children's Crafts - Making Shadow Puppets

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Shadow puppets craft project from www.walkaboutcrafts.comThese clever shadow puppets have moving parts so they can act out really exciting fairy stories with lots of action. When you make your first shadow puppet, it is best to have only two moving parts, otherwise the puppet will be difficult to control.
Shadow puppets are traditionally black, but you can make them out of any colour cardboard.

You will need:

paper and pencil
tracing paper
paper fasteners
straws or thin sticks
sticky tape

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1. Draw your diagram on a piece of paper using a clear, bold outline. Make the head slightly bigger than you would normally. Draw a line of teeth.

2. Extend the outline of the lower jaw into the main body of the dragon as shown by the dotted line. This extension forms a tab. Extend the line of the lower jaw straight down from the last tooth.

3. Trace off the outlines of both sections, include the tab, on to cardboard. Cut out the shapes carefully, ask an adult to cut out an eye and nostril.

4. Put the dragons body on the work surface and put the lower jaw in position, with the tab behind the body.

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5. Ask an adult to make a small hole with scissors through the tab and body. Push a paper fastener through and open it out at the back of the dragon.

6. Attach a straw to the other end of the lower jaw using sticky tape. Move the straw up and down to make the jaw open. Attach another straw to the dragons body.

Playing with your shadow puppets

Thee simplest way to play with your shadow puppets is to move them around between a string light and a sheet of white paper. The light will throw your puppets shadows onto paper.

If you want to give a proper performance for friends and family, stretch a white sheet between two chairs - and place a strong light behind it. Ask your audience to sit and watch from the other side of the screen. Move the puppets about very close to the screen.

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