With a good flashlight and a little imagination, you can put on quite a tent shadow puppets show! This is a good rainy night game or a nice way to slow the pace down for rowdy campers. It keeps them in their sleeping bags and is sure to generate some giggles. For some added excitement, you can enlist some other parents to do the infamous bear shadow puppet from the outside of the tent. With a couple of grunts and growls and a nice beam of backlight, this is a good opening act for any tent shadow puppet extravaganza!
Shadow puppets can be an art…and I’m no artist. But it’s not difficult to learn a few simple shapes and animals to get everyone excited. Seeing these shadowy shapes on the tent walls will peak the camper’s interest and get their imagination going for new animals and shapes. If the weather is nice, you can try doing the tent shadow puppets from the outside and have the campers guess the animal. The only downside to this is that the constant opening and closing of the tent flaps may let in more bugs than you’d like.
Below are a few basic shadow puppet animals to try on your next campout. Master these shapes for a fun evening camping game…
Rabbit Shadow Puppet
The rabbit is the most popular and least complex of the shadow animals. A simple peace sign and a balled fist gets you the basics. I’ve seen others that add some front paws and a twitching nose. Again these can be as simple or complex as you like. And you’re only limited to your imagination and the battery-life of your flashlights ;-).
Wolf Shadow Puppet
With your thumbs as the wolf’s ears and your little finger as its hungry mouth, this tent shadow puppet can get a few heads to bob into their sleeping bags. By bending your forefinger up a bit, you’ll get that wolf snout.
Donkey Shadow Puppet
If you’re playing charades, you can make up some index cards with movie or TV show titles. If you get a movie like, Shrek, for example, try making this donkey to get a few laughs! You can flop the ears by moving the peace sign. And you can talk by moving the thumb up and down for his mouth.
Rat Shadow Puppet
When you curl up your fingers like this, there are many shapes that you can form. The eye is just a little light hole through the fingers, but it looks really cool in the dark. Add some grunts and rat chomping noises and you might just convince the squeamish!
Coyote Shadow Puppet
The coyote is much like the wolf shadow puppet, but with a different snout. Try to position the silhouette under the center part of the light, so it looks like he’s howling at the moon. Let out your best howl and then see if you get any woodland responses ;-).
Tent shadow puppets can be loads of fun before lights out. It gets everyone a chance to actually use their flashlights and it can made into a game like charades. So if you’re looking for a good tent camping game for the kids, practice a few of these animals to get them started.