Printable farm animal puppets will be sure to give a new twist to familiar songs and nursery rhymes for kids!

In our day and age, what significance do farm animals even hold for children?

In fact, not so little. They’re still important characters of many new picture books, not to mention all the traditional songs and poems. After all, there is hardly a child who cannot bellow, “Old MacDonald had a farm! E-I-E-I-O!” My son and daughter do that one all the time.

Singing is easy to transform into a full theatrical act if only you thrust a few farm animal puppets into their hands. Suddenly, there is a performance happening in the room. And who knows where it can lead…

Maybe kids will remember all the possible combination of songs and poems that feature farm animals?

Maybe they will progress into open-ended play and spin a story or two about life on the farm?

Maybe they will find it interesting to learn about light and experiment with the scale of shadows?

There are so many ways to play with shadow puppets!

Printable Farm Animal Puppets Feature

The printable set includes a silhouette of a barn (that can be used in the background or scaled up by holding it closer to the light) as well as puppets of a farmer man, a woman, a little girl, a cow, a sheep, a donkey, a pig, a rooster, a hen, a dog, a cat, a mouse, and a piece of cheese.

What songs or poems can you do with these shadow puppets?

  • Old MacDonald Had a Farm
  • The Farmer in the Dell
  • Mary Had a Little Lamb
  • Baa Baa Black Sheep (just do “a girl” instead of “a boy”)
  • Little Bo Peep
  • Little Boy Blue
Farmer in the Dell puppets

Or have an open-ended storytelling experience, based around the farm theme.

Shadow Puppet Play

So, how to organize a shadow puppet play? It’s quite simple.

A flashlight is enough for a start. Just point the flashlight at the puppet and let it cast shadows on the walls. You can have a bit of shadow puppet play before bedtime every now and again and tell stories with puppets.

Mary Had a Little Lamb shadow puppets

If you want to have a proper theatrical performance, add a simple cardboard puppet theatre or invest some time into building a sturdy vintage-inspired theatre from wood. It would be surprisingly easy to organize enchanting performances at home for friends and family behind a screen of parchment paper!

Old MacDonald Had a Farm behind a screen of parchment

How to Make Shadow Puppets

You can get printable farm animal puppets and cut them out yourself or you can order a farm animal puppet set from us that has already been cut, and we will ship it to you.

If you want to cut the shadow puppets yourself, there are several ways you could go about it. Read a detailed post with a video about it here.

In short, you can cut the shadow puppet patterns using traditional tools (scissors and a hobby knife) or using silhouette cutting machines (Silhouette or Cricut). The first takes longer, but doesn’t require any special tools at all. The second is very easy and fast, but requires an investment in a specialized machine. Our designs for shadow puppets are saved in PNG format, so that they can be used for either method.

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If you have a shadow puppet show, do share your photos with us! We love seeing them. You can post them on our Facebook page, email me or tag us on Facebook or Instagram – @adventureinabox!

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