My puppeteering friend Justina asked for help running a little event the other weekend.
She showed children how to create and perform with simple shadow puppets.
Specifically animals that could be found in her local (Stoke Newington) Abney Park where the workshop was being held.
It was a small crowd that day but it led to some creative channels and impromptu story lines.
Like this floating legless cat jumping from star to start to reach the moon.
The kids seemed really into it and it's actually a really simple concept that anyone can do at home.
A great rainy day project for a crafty 5 and above year old.
Desk lamp, white sheet, construction paper, scissors, tape and sticks. Chiggity check man!
She had a projector set up behind the screen so we were able to have the large trees and things in the background so it might look a little more basic at home but still just as fun.
Oh and Abney park is also a cemetery as well as a nature preserve. Creepy cool.
She's actually creating puppets for a puppet opera that's going to take place in the chapel on the grounds. How awesome is that?! There's still tickets available, gonna be a goodin.
We had to lug the projector to the directors house after the workshop. It was heavy. We celebrated a good day with ice cream.
So happy to have a random creative fun time with new friends from london. Hopefully not that last of this kind of adventure.
Love and Shadow Puppets...and ice cream,