'Shadow Play,' by Dianne Hofmeyr

For this idea you need black paper, white sheet or a screen (overhead projector) and a lot of creativity! Have a go at making shadow puppets.

Giraffe shadow
Shadow puppet 2

For another idea using the story of Zeraffa, try a shadow play of the story.

You can make templates for the shadow puppets out black paper. Draw and then cut out an outline of a giraffe, cutting holes for the patterns. You can make the legs move by attaching them on to the body with little brass split pins so that you can put the legs in different positions. It will look as if the giraffe is walking.

The Egyptian show can be made with triangular sails and also the bigger boat that went across the Mediterranean Sea. Don't forget the carriage and the cows and also the houses on the walk through the French countryside to tell your story. The houses could have doors and windows cut out so the light shines through them. If you tape on thin sticks to the back of the shadow puppet you can hold them up high so your own shadow doesn't get in the way.

Remember that you are making outlines and their shadows need to show up on a white screen or sheet. You can either stand behind a white sheet with a strong light behind you or you can stand in front of a white screen so that a bright light reflects the shadow onto the screen. This works well with an overhead projector.