Shadow play is an activity with a powerful visual component that can engage the whole family. It is an ancient form of storytelling in which puppets are held between a source of light and a translucent screen. As a result crisp shadows are cast on the screen, and a puppeteer can make them talk, dance and act. Babies and toddlers will enjoy watching the performance, and older children will delight at creating their own shows.
In the evening, we take our shadow puppet theatre out (check here how to make one), and as twilight turns into night, the enchanting and mysterious play begins. For the project I looked at the fashion plates for the costumes of Grandma and Little Red Riding Hood and studied the gingerbread trim for their house. Walking outside with my son, I found myself looking for such houses in our neighbourhood, as we live in a place with a lot of fairly old houses. More about creating this set here.
For free you will get three pdf files with designs of five puppets (Little Red Riding Hood, her Grandma and her house, Hunter, Big Bad Wolf), as shown on the first picture. Print them, then cut out of stiff black cardboard and attach sticks to their backs, as described here. If you want to buy these puppets, already cut, please, check this page!