It seems like the Dumpling and I have been waiting for Halloween to come since Janaury! While she still doesn’t really understand what Halloween is, she associates it with ghosts, witches, zombies, vampires, werewolves, etc…all thanks to watching videos on YouTube. Even though All Hallow’s Eve isn’t until the end of the month, we are pretending it’s a month-long celebration in our household.
For our first week of Halloween, we did light and shadow play with some not-so-spooky silhouttes and got super messy with another tape-resist project!
Halloween Shadow Puppets
- Halloween shadow puppet printable (click here to download)
- Toilet paper roll
- Small safety-pin or thin needle
- Scrap cardboard
- Phone flashlight
Protect your work area by covering it with scrap cardboard.
Lay the printable on top of a towel and puncture the image outlines with a pin or needle. I initially used a pin with a thick point and some of the details got lost as a result, so I would recommend using something thin. While the space between each hole isn’t fixed, I eyeballed the distance to approximately 1.5 mm of space apart.
Cut out the circle card for each image.
With your phone’s flashlight on, place the toilet paper roll directly on top of the light (encircling it completely) and then lay a card on top of the roll. It’s best to do the activity in total darkness and cast the images on an empty wall or ceiling. The Dumpling and I did this right before bed and made up silly one or two sentence stories with the silhouettes.
I don’t really understand the science behind it, but our images were casted upside down (I rotated them right side up in my photos below) and we sometimes saw double outlines. Once the Dumpling is older, we can explore the hows and whys…but for now, it’s all magic!
Colored Bubbles with Geometric Tape-Resist Halloween Silhouettes
- Geometric cat and ghost printable (click here to download)
- White heavy copy paper or drawing paper (the stock needs to withstand the bubble solution but thin enough to see through)
- Bubble solution (use different bottles or separate into smaller containers for each color)
- Bubble wands
- Food coloring (we used a fall colored palette of red, yellow, orange and brown)
- Painter’s tape (approximately 1/8″ wide)
Lay your copy or drawing paper on top of the printable. You need to be able to see through to the bottom layer as if you’re about to trace the image. You may also want to paper clip the pieces together so they don’t move.
Apply painter’s tape on top of the lines. Before investing the effort in applying all that tape, test peeling off a small strip to see whether it tears your paper. If it does, tape the strip on your shirt first to remove some of its adhesiveness.
Mix food coloring into the bubble solutions.
Blow the bubbles on top of the taped image. I would have preferred to have done this outdoors because it got super messy! Since we don’t have a yard, we did this in our bath tub and I sprayed everything down afterwards. With colored bubbles popping everywhere, the red and brown splatters made our bathroom looked like a murder scene!
Peel the tape off once everything dries completely.