Shadow puppets – ephemeral crafts for kids and grownups

Surely shadow puppets count as a craft…

Well, even if they don’t they are fun and I remember loving them as a kid. I can still to a really awesome swan using my head and both hands. This would be a fun activity to share with kids over the holidays!

I ran across a link to this ye olde timey shadow puppet book on velocibadgergirl. You have to read her post as her comments are funny (B**ch, please!)

This book is no longer under copyright and you can download it for free (if you are in the US, if not, check your country’s laws on this matter).

The only thing that worries me is that in many of the pictures there are no ARM shadows. Where did the arms go? How have they accomplished this?

Bursill, Henry
Hand Shadows to Be Thrown upon the Wall
Originally published by Griffith and Farran in 1859.
EBook produced by David Starner and Heather Martino


  1. says

    This is fascinating! I was nerdily into shadow puppets as a kid, so love this. And I use the word ephemeral on a regular basis. Really. So pretty much a perfect post for me.


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