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Krista Rao blogs about crafty adventures with her kids

So, last post I admitted that I was a saver of bottle caps and this post I am going to admit that I also save straws… oh, that sounds way creepier when I actually say it out loud. This past Halloween we actually found a use for said straws. We made our own spooky shadow puppets using this tutorial over at Chez Beeper Bebe. I did the tracing and cutting (with an x-acto knife) as the template puppets provided were quite detailed. We attached our hoarded straws to the back of each one as a handle using a glue gun.

The kids had a great time dimming the lights and putting on a variety of shows for us. These shows often ended in sibling discord but I would say they consistently play nicely for a good 15 minutes before the yelling begins. In my house that means craft success!!!

I had some black paper left over so I gave the kids some chalk to make their own puppets. I encouraged them to draw simple shapes so they were easier to cut out. Instead of using the glue gun we just used a piece of black duct tape to attach the handle and we were good to go.

Anthonyʼs drawing of a jellyfish

Avaʼs soon to be flower puppet

These puppets shows have become a favourite activity around here and if it means that the TV is on a little less than I am all for it!

Also big in this house: shadow dance parties complete with wind machine.

ENJOY! And have a little fun in the shadows this week!

Krista Rao is a stay-at-home-mom of two. When she and the kids aren’t on some sort of craft mission, she’s making children’s items from reclaimed materials. Check out more of Krista’s adventures at Green Thimble.

Photos via Krisa Rao

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