How to Make Hand Shadow Animals

When I was a kid I thought hand shadow puppets were the coolest thing. And if I’m really honest? I still do. So when I found this how-to guide on Pinterest I couldn’t wait to give it a try with the munchkin.¬†Turns out hand shadows are still awesome in 2011.

Yesterday evening we turned out the lights and I was able to make a camel, a duck, a bird and a cat – all while my 20-month-old was going “Wow!!” and “Ohhhh” and “Ahhh!” It was almost as if he had a cue card or something. I’m going to give the elephant and rabbit a shot tonight, and if I get really good at this I may try telling a story along with the hand shadows at some point. Not yet though. It still takes all my brain power to figure out how to make the animals. :)

(Somewhat tangentially, isn’t this hand shadow car commercial neat? Maybe something to aspire to when the relatives are visiting over the holidays huh? Kidding!)

About the Author
I'm a work-at-home mom and entertainment director for my son, a.k.a. The Munchkin. When we aren't doing art, singing songs or making something tasty in the kitchen we enjoy listening to podcasts and exploring the outdoors. I'm also slightly obsessed with coffee and love to knit. :)
  1. Seanna Lea LoBue

    These are great shadow puppets. I only knew how to do a couple of them.

    • Anonymous

      I only knew a few of them too! I want to find even more shapes.

  2. LouisestArt

    I was inspired by how we (my sisters and I) used to play like this when we were kids.
    I made a print:

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  6. grace

    i figured out how to tell the three little pigs with shadow puppets- my kid loves it.

    • Ari

      That’s awesome!

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