I like simple.
It usually works so much better than complex. Especially when working with kids.
last week I organized a Chanukah family activity in our local community center. For a few years now I have been planning on doing a shadow play activity, and Chanukah seemed like a perfect opportunity. So... I hung a white sheet across the room, using twine and clothespins, and placed a strong light source behind the sheet. I set up a table with black bristol board, scissors, craft sticks, pencils and tape, and set down to watch the kids make and play.
Since this activity was so successful, I decided to do this with Zoe’s class (6th grade). This time I divided the class into small groups, asked the kids to write a short skit keeping Chanukah as their theme. once they had the story down, they cut black cardboard silhouettes. Finishing with the grand performance of each group in front of the rest of the class.
To sum it up....if you want to have your own shadow play
You will need:
- a white sheet
- a rope
- strong light source
- black paper
- craft sticks
- Hang your white sheet
- Place light behind the sheet
- Cut silhouettes attach silhouette onto a craft stick
You may have silhouette template to trace ready in advance
Pick up a specific story, have kids make the characters from the story and let them act the story at the end
Make up your own story and cut out silhouettes accordingly
Place elements that create shadow of landscape such as a pile of blankets and pillow for mountain etc.
Simple is good!
go have some shadow play!