Your Primary children will be absolutely “delighted!” (Pun intended) with this exciting Redeemer of Israel Shadow Puppets activity. It’s hands on and the kids will be glued to the theater watching as the puppets dance in and out of the stage!
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Redeemer of Israel Shadow Puppets
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- Shadow Puppet Theater — See Directions Here!
- Scissors or craft knife
- Skewers, pencils, or straws
- Bedside lamp or large flashlight
Assembling the Shadow Puppets:
Print out the Redeemer of Israel Shadow Puppets (at the bottom of this post). I highly recommend using cardstock as it will help give your puppets structure so they won’t bend.
You might also choose to laminate your puppets so they are easier to reuse and are nice and sturdy for use! The clear lamination will also let you cut out smaller details and then let those spots let the light through!
You’ll cut out each shape, leaving the black printed areas remaining. You might have to keep a few of the white areas, like around the pillar, but cut out as much of the white spaces as possible.
You can easily do this with a craft knife like this one! Just use your extra cardboard scraps as a cutting mat to protect your surface and carve around the white areas, and press gently and they’ll easy pop out, such as the eyes on the smiley face!
Then, attach the puppets to a pencil (or craft sticks, straws, skewers, etc). I buy this big pack of Ticonderoga Pencils a few times a year – they’re the best! You can reuse them as mini rhythm sticks or for a drumming lesson plan (like this one).
Head over to this post to see our step-by-step guide on How to Make an easy Shadow Puppet Theater!
How to Play Redeemer of Israel Shadow Puppets
Sing through Redeemer of Israel (flip chart) once before getting started.
Then, invite a child to come up and help you and pass out just the first puppet. Tell them what their puppet represents (smiley face for delight) and have them add the puppet when they hear the word!
Turn on the light and then sing through the first verse. The kids will be “delighted” when they see the first puppet appear!
Now, add another helper and sing through it again, continue until you have all 5 puppets added.
Switch helpers and sing through it again!
Redeemer of Israel Shadow Puppets Included Puppets Guide by Verse
- Smiley Face = Delight
- Phone = For a blessing we call
- Cloud = Shadow by day
- Pillar = Pillar by night
- Crown = Our king
- Fence = Gather
- Sheep = His sheep
- Arrow = Lead them
- Heart = In Love
- Gravestone = Death
- Crying Emoji = They weep
- Forest = Wilderness
- Boot = Rove
More fun Ways to Use the
Puppet Theater Extension Activities:
- Pick up a puppet and have the kids call out the keyword for a fun mini quiz of the lyrics! Then, sing together the line that matches the puppet. Repeat until you’ve quizzed them with all the puppets!
- Have a couple of children come up and act out the lyrics with the provided puppets while you read the lyrics. Then repeat with acting and singing together!
Redeemer of Israel Shadow Puppets Printable Puppets & Lesson Plan
This fun printable lesson plan includes a quick 1-page overview with prep directions, a verse guide to the puppets, and ideas for how to use these Redeemer of Israel shadow puppets during singing time!
You’ll then find 3 pages of printable shadow puppets with a variety of different puppets you can simply cut out and attach a pencil or other handle. There are puppets for both the first and second verse of this hymn.
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What other fun ways could you extend this Redeemer of Israel Shadow Puppets lesson plan? How did it go over in your Primary?