Monday, June 27, 2011

Print-Rich Gifts: Shadows

Around here it's time for camp-outs and sleepovers, and campfires and flashlights and telling stories, and contorting hands to make shadow dogs and rabbits...

So, here's a unique and fun idea for summertime gift giving occasions, (or of course for Halloween), or for any time really.  In fact, we went to a black and white themed birthday party last year, and I wish I'd thought of this idea then.

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Read:
I love Shadow by Suzy Lee.  It's a clever book about a girl playing in an attic, making shadows come to life.  The format of the book is especially interesting:  On one page, you see the real objects and the girl, and the facing page shows the shadows that the items create.
 
Do:
Give The Art of Hand Shadows, (along with a good flashlight), for some low-tech, old school fun.  My kids can seriously play with a flashlight for hours, and making hand shadows is just one of those things every kid should learn to do.  It's also awesome for building fine motor skills.

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Pretend:
Retell stories and act out adventures with the help of puppets or cut-outs. I like these, from Owly Shadow PuppetsShadow Games also looks like a fun introduction to shadow play. Or just use toys and other objects and see what kind of shadows they cast.  Whip up this homemade puppet stage from The Giver's Log, and you're all set!

Give the gift of shadow fun to a friend, or throw some of these items into your own family camping pack. -Perfect for keeping the kiddos entertained, while you gobble down that last s'more.

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