K-2 Shadow Puppetry with Noah McLain Philpot: Lesson 1

LIVE on Wednesday, February 17th at 12:30pm

*for curriculum planning, please note that lesson 1 is shorter than 20 minutes*

Program Description

Anything can become a puppet with the help of some dramatic lighting and a little creativity! Students will design and create their own shadow puppets using paper or cardboard and other craft supplies around the house. This lesson introduces students to the idea of shadow puppetry, experimenting with different ways to create characters with hands and bodies.

Printable Lesson Guides

Lesson 1 (English)


Flashlight or directional lamp (like a desk lamp), blank wall or white sheet


This lesson touches on the following standards:

Arts Standards:

  • VA.2.CR2.K
  • VA.2.CR2.1
  • VA.2.CR2.2

Mathematics Standard(s):

  • K.MD.1
  • 1.MD.1
  • 2.MD.1