Watch Black History and Culture Videos all year long ➜
Get smart curated videos delivered to your inbox.   SUBSCRIBE
The Kid Should See This

Shadowgraphy: Guess the hand shadow puppet animals

Watch more with these video collections:

What animals do you see? Is that a bird? A rabbit? A spider? Guess the hand shadow puppet animals created in this video by the shadow-filled বাংলা বিচিত্রা YouTube channel. From the video caption, lightly edited:

“Shadow play, also known as shadow puppetry, is an ancient form of storytelling and entertainment which uses flat articulated cut-out figures (shadow puppets) held between a source of light and a translucent screen or scrim. The cut-out shapes of the puppets sometimes include translucent color or other types of detailing. Various effects can be achieved by moving both the puppets and the light source.”

panther
rabbit
See more of how both hands come together for each animal in the video below. Keep practicing to make the figures walk, run, laugh, cry, dance, play, and act out stories.

penguin

Watch more videos about shadows, including:
The Dark Art of Shadow Puppetry – Science Friday
Anamorphic Star Wars Shadow Art by Red Hong Yi
• How to Make Shadow Puppets – OliveUs
Shadowology: Drawings completed with small shadows
Drawing faces with the shadows of crumpled paper

Bonus: How would shadows on other worlds behave differently than they do on Earth?

This Webby award-winning video collection exists to help teachers, librarians, and families spark kid wonder and curiosity. TKSST features smarter, more meaningful content than what's usually served up by YouTube's algorithms, and amplifies the creators who make that content.

Curated, kid-friendly, independently-published. Support this mission by becoming a sustaining member today.