(tot school tuesday) counting shadow puppets

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My 2 1/2 year old, Logan, recently discovered the fun of shadows. As he was chasing his shadow from room to room one day, laughing hysterically, I knew I had to incorporate shadow play into Tot School Tuesday. I forgot how fun shadows can be to children (and adults too!) and we had a fun morning playing with our new monkey shadow puppets while encouraging counting. Logan surprised me by counting to 20 without assistance. I can’t get over how truly they are like little sponges at this age. I’ll definitely be encouraging learning through shadow play a lot more!

Activity: Counting Shadow Puppets

(learning objective: counting, numbers, language development)



Monkey Stencil or Silhouette/Cricut Graphic

10 Popsicle Sticks

Craft Glue or Hot Glue


White Background or White Sheet


Cut 10 monkeys out of the cardstock. If you have a Silhouette or Cricut, you can use these machines for cutting. If not, you can look for a free stencil online and cut them out yourself. Glue monkeys to popsicle sticks. Pick a white background or throw a sheet over a couch and a dark room for this activity. Shine the flashlight toward the white background and have your child hold up the monkey shadow puppets in front of the flashlight, casting shadows. Sing the song “10 little monkeys jumping on a bed” during this activity. Encourage your child to count the monkeys and explore shadows.

Tot School Tuesday Co-host: Kara of Mine for the Making (visit her blog for preschool aged activities)

Link up your Tot School Tuesday activities here! Tot School Tuesday is all about teaching your child something in a fun and playful way. Blog along with me every Tuesday and link up your ideas here. They can be original ideas or something you saw online (just make sure to give credit to the person who came up with the idea).

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Hi, I'm Vanessa!

Welcome to See Vanessa Craft! I’m Vanessa, an MSSW and mom of two in Arizona, and I’m happy you’re here to get inspired with me. It’s my mission in life to spread creativity through crafts, recipes, travel and more in order to live a life well lived.