And Suddenly it Was Dark!

[ 1 ] March 7, 2007 |

Bird Elephant Rabbit
Some of us in Providence (over 800, said the ProJo), lost our electricity last night. My husband and I were just getting the boys ready for bed. In my opinion, not a very convenient time, I was already planning my evening without kids (and electricity was definitely in the plan).

After we lit candles, found flashlights and the lights still did not come back on, we decided to make the best of it. The boys thought it was all great. We rediscovered the glow-in-the-dark stars on the ceiling in the playroom. The stars looked amazing after shining the flashlight on them. We were transported to outerspace. After that adventure, we used a blank wall upstairs for hand shadow puppets. Funny coincidence, that earlier in the day, one of my sons had found his old video of Bear in the Big Blue House. We had been remembering all of the characters, including the girl named Shadow.

We then did some circle storytelling by flashlight. Circle storytelling is when one person starts the story, the next person continues the story, and so on, until the story takes on a life of its own. After a few rounds of funny stories, the boys were tired enough to go to bed.

I confess, my husband and I then watched the latest Netflix on our laptop – there was enough battery charge for over an hour.

Hand Shadow Tips
To create the best shadows, make these puppets in front of a blank wall. Have a helper hold the flashlight and experiment where the beam points to get the darkest shadow. Classic ideas for making hand shadow puppets, see original book available from Project Gutenberg. Ready-made from Zebra Hall.

Category: activities: indoor, free / cheap

Anisa Raoof

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Anisa Raoof is the publisher of She combines being a mom with her experience as an artist, designer, psych researcher and former co-director of the Providence Craft Show to create the go-to spot for families in Rhode Island and beyond. She loves using social media to connect parents with family-related businesses and services and promoting ways for parents to engage offline with their kids. Anisa believes in the power of working together and loves to find ways to collaborate with others. An online enthusiast, still likes to unplug often by reading books and magazines, drawing, learning to knit, making pop-up books with her two sons and listening to records with her husband.

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  1. Anisa Raoof Anisa says:

    <p>A reader just sent in this great link for how creative you can be with shadow puppets and music! Thanks for the tip Corina!<br />
    The attachment above reminded me of your post:<br />

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