Shadow Puppet Night
I made heavy use of the library's Cricut as well as my personal Silhouette Cameo for this activity. But with them, it was pretty easy to pull off.
I collected all kinds of images to cut out--pirates, superheroes, princesses, animals--anything that might spark some story telling. I cut them out on cardstock and glued a thin stick or dowel to make puppets. I might have gotten a little carried away.
Next I had to make a theatre. I did this by cutting a large square (I tried to get fancy with it after a while, but you know, up to ya) out of cardboard box and covering it with white tissue paper.
Once you hold a flashlight behind the box, you've got the perfect Shadow Puppet Stage.
I tried to round up some flashlights before the event, but I knew I still wouldn't have enough for everyone. So I told 'em all to bring their own.
At the night of the activity, I had the box theatres set up on each table of 4, along with several shadow puppets. I also had some black cardstock, scissors, and wooden sticks to glue so the kids could design their own shadow puppets. I also printed off several how-to pages of hand shadows they could practice.
Zombies chasing Gingerbread Men
I also put a white sheet on our puppet stage and put a lamp behind it to make a large stage. It was definitely a highlight.
I cut some puppets out on colored cardstock and was surprised that the color came through. If you don't like the color, you better stick with black cardstock.
At the end of the night, I let the kids take the box theatres and puppets home. I heard a couple of weeks later from a father that his daughter was still playing with hers and making up all kinds of wild tales.