Shadow puppets

We are on holiday! Yes! But I need to work the first week, which is not so fun. So my girls have been going to mini holiday ateliers which you can find all over Paris — little art classes and theatre classes that teach kids essential survival skills like making shadow puppets. Not a skill useful to have during an apocalypse but, none the less, a great skill to have if you want to design your own characters and put together your own little plays.

All you need is cardboard paper (preferably black), scissors, some tape, some skewers and some imagination. Cut out the characters and props and tape on a skewer (you might want to cut off the sharp tip). Hang up a white sheet and shine a lamp at it. You then make the shadow puppets appear between the lamp and the sheet.

Voila, a shadow show can commence. Also if you need some inspiration, do have a look at the French silhouette aninmation film, Prince and Princess.

– Emilie
P.S To all those Paris dwellers out there: the atelier my daughters went to was at Attrape Nuages a brilliant little theatre school in the 11e arrondissement!


Comments (4)

May 3, 2013

Hi Emile
The movie recommendation looks great. Do you have any other recommendations for French children’s movies? I recently came across Ernest & Celestine and it looks magical.

May 3, 2013

How sweet! I can only imagine how much your little girls must have enjoyed making them and now playing with them!

xoxo PARIS BEE kids blog

May 4, 2013

What a great post, so inspiring! I’ve put Prince and Princess on my movie list. In the meantime if any of you are short on time. Moulin Roty makes some really fabulous shadow puppets. We especially love the Paris Rooftops version, reminds me of the Pink Panther. Another movie on my list!

Esther in Amsterdam
May 14, 2013

Super cute idea! So simple!

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