How to Stage a Shadow Puppet Show Your Kids Will Love

Do your kids like to tell stories?

Are they fascinated by the interaction of light and shadow?

Introduce them to the ancient Chinese art of shadow-puppet theater and put on your own family show. It’s easier than you think!

In this article, I’ll show you how to make simple shadow puppets to fit any story your kids can dream of and create your very own Chinese shadow theater to bring the silhouettes to life.

Your family will enjoy poetic evening shows and make lasting memories together.

Make simple shadow puppets to fit any story your kids can dream of and create your very own Chinese shadow theater to bring the silhouettes to life.

Why Play With Shadows?

Shadows are mysterious, intriguing and fun. My kids love to play nighttime flashlight games. They enjoy casting shadows on the walls with their bed lamps, creating different shapes and creatures. And they’ve always been puzzled by their stretched shadows in the low light of a summer evening. I bet your kids like shadows, too.

Shadows have a fleeting, poetic quality, and playing with shadows will let your kids’ imaginations soar.

A shadow-puppet play provides everything you need to have a great family experience—it’s artistic, scientific, interactive, fun and easy to put together.

And it draws from a rich cultural tradition from ancient China.

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How to Introduce Your Kids to China With a Chinese New Year Celebration

Looking for a way to add some excitement to long winter evenings?

Does your family like to experience other cultures and try new foods?

Make some noise and ring in Chinese New Year with a bang, no matter where you live.

In this article, I’ll share 5 ways we celebrate the Lunar New Year in China and show you how to hold your own celebration with your kids (including a recipe they’ll love)—no plane ticket required!

Celebrate the Lunar New Year in China (Chinese New Year) and hold your own celebration with your kids (and a recipe they'll love)—no plane ticket required!

Why Celebrate Chinese New Year?

Share the world with your kids. While they may be able to see just about anything on the Internet, those images don’t always give the whole picture. Teaching kids about cultures and customs from around the world provides some context.

Activities like celebrating Chinese New Year will give them a taste of what life is like for kids just like them in other countries and help them grow up to be better global citizens.

Plus, Chinese New Year is really cool. It’s loud, bright and exciting… and delicious!

In 2014, the Chinese New Year will be celebrated January 30-31. Why not celebrate with your family?

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