Night Time Play Time

Darkness brings a different sense to fun and learning. It was surreal watching the shadows on the wall when we left just one lamp turned on one night. (I really, really wish I can take better pictures!)


We were reading Angus Lost by Marjorie Flack and were talking about the artist’s use of both detailed and silhouette drawings.

We had such a pleasant time that I was inspired to make a shadow theater box. I took the box of our inflatable pool, cut out a square from the front and back, and covered the front with a sheet of tracing paper for the screen.


We then made some shadow puppets with construction paper and popsicle sticks.


We turned off all the lights except a halogen lamp and looked for the perfect place for our theater (on a lapdesk on top of the bed). Little T learned that it’s best to put the light behind the theater. We then made  up silly stories about a dog, a cat, a tree, and a cave. What a great way to make our evenings cozy!


I’m so excited to make more shadow puppets for our night time theater. Some of my ideas are to make some figures to tell the story of Easter, and perhaps make some nursery rhymes show for Baby Boy. 
What else would make a great shadow show?

Make magic!

  • Geelyn Cancino

    will try the shadow paper box! my baby is fascinated with our shadows whenever we turn our night light on before going to sleep.

  • http://www.thelearningbasket.com/ Mariel @ The Learning Basket

    Yes, pretend theater, spotlight fun!

  • Chris

    my kids would often act out while i point the flash light at them :)