Nursery rhymes can be a great starting point for some easy puppets to stimulate your child’s creativity. Download this free printable template with the characters from Hey Diddle Diddle to make your own shadow puppets.
What you need:
- FREE shadow puppet printable
- 230gsm card stock (to go through your printer)
- sticky tape
- 6 bamboo skewers
Print out the free printable onto 230gsm white card stock (230gsm is about the maximum thickness that will go through a standard printer).
Cut out the character templates individually. Cut out inside the shapes too – you may need to use a craft knife to do this.
The best part (for kids) is colouring the puppets in with a black marker pen. It’s not entirely necessary but will make the shadow puppets look more like shadow puppets. It’s also fun and easy for a small child to just colour the entire shape in black. They could also use paints to do this if you’re not averse to paint mess!
Once you have cut them out, use sticky tape to attach them to a bamboo skewer. You are now ready to put on your show!
Hints and tips:
- Make your own shadow puppet theatre here.
- Thanks to our sister company Kidspot Australia for creating the instructional video and printable template.