This is a remix of all shadow theater images that I found on Thingiverse, converted from STL format for a 3D printer into SVG format for a 2D laser cutter.
I used the following script in
~/Downloads/slicer.scad in OpenScad to convert from STL to SVG:
// Copied from "Batch processing with OpenSCAD"
and the following bash script to convert all files in the Downloads folder:
for entry in $(find ~/Downloads -type f -name *.stl)
new_entry=$(echo $entry | sed 's/.stl/.svg/g')
openscad -o $new_entry -D param1=\"$entry\" ~/Downloads/slicer.scad
I laid out the pieces on a different file for each bundle with the width of A4, and with a smaller height for viewing on the image scroll.
Overview and Background
Invent stories and encourage story-telling
Ask two or three children as volunteers to tell a story. Ask the audience for the name of a character and a location, then let the children improvise a story with these prompts and with the figures.
Lesson Plan and Activity
"Yes, and" principle
This game is inspired from improvised comedy, where the actors accept each others' ideas and build on them. By not correcting children in their stories, you are encouraging them to have confidence in their ideas, so the best strategy is to just let them tell a story and to listen to it.
To demonstrate or give an example, improvise a story yourself with two or three characters and with different voices, maybe one high-pitch voice, one low-pitch voice, and one nasal voice (as if you had a cold). Good stories follow "the hero's journey" of Joseph Campbell, i.e. an initial status quo, a call to adventure, an excursion into an unknown world, a challenge, and a return to the original world with a new status quo.
Before the activity, glue some sticks or shafts to the figures with glue, scotch tape, or blue-tak. Place one light source near a wall, then play with distances to see what looks OK.