Christmas Shadow Puppets

Shadows are formed when light cannot pass through an object. As light moves in a straight line, shadows are the same shape as the object making the shadow.

To demonstrate this you can make shadow puppets. We made a Christmas tree puppet and some different shapes to put on the top.

What you need

  • card
  • scissors
  • straws or lolly sticks
  • tape
  • torch or light
  • Pens
  • Glitter and sparkles

What to do:

  1. Draw a tree shape onto some cardboard, and cut it out.
  2. Attach the tree to a lollypop stick or straw.
  3. Decorate if you wish.
  4. In a dark room hold the shadow puppet against a wall and shine the torch or a light at them.
  5. You should see the shadow on the wall.



shadow puppets

Do you like our Christmas tree and star decorations?

Try moving the puppet further from the wall to make the shadow bigger.

A Real Life Example

Shadows are formed during an eclipse of the sun. An eclipse is when the moon passes between the sun and the Earth, casting a shadow over Earth. If the shadow blocks out all the light from the sun, it becomes dark during the day.

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