Giggio was inspired by traditional Indonesian Shadow puppets like these below… You of course can find you own inspiration anywhere.  If you would like to investigate some traditional forms of shadow puppets, ARTSEDGE has a great resource here


So let’s think about Indonesia... in particular the things Giggio shared with you in his show.  Here are some things to remember about this special place:


-Indonesia has the third largest area of rainforests in the world. 

-Indonesia has more species than any other country on Earth.

-Indonesia is known for their beautiful shadow puppets.

Sumatra, the westernmost part of Indonesia is one of the richest but most endangered ecosystems on the planet:

-Sumatra is the only place in the world that has tigers, orangutans, rhinos, elephants and hornbills all live together in the wild.

-Sumatra's rainforests are highly endangered and are disappearing faster than forests in any other part of Indonesia.

-These forests are endangered mainly because they are being cut down to make paper and other wood products, or they are cleared to plant Palm Oil trees.  They are also harvested for oil which can be harvested from sand reserves under the forest floor.

Sumatra's forests are important for many reasons.  Here are a few of them:

-These forests help protect against flooding and drought.
-They reduce soil erosion and landslides, especially in mountainous areas.
-They are a source of food, building materials, and medicine.    
-They absorb carbon dioxide as they grow, helping fight climate change.
-Some forests grow on top of peat soils, which store large amounts of carbon and soak up water like a sponge, helping contribute to a steady supply of water.



In this project we are going to focus on creating animal puppets, but later on you can create a backdrop of plants and animals to project onto if you want.  



You can draw the animals yourself on black or white paper, or use the templates here to help you get started. If you would like to learn more about the thousands of species that live in the Sumatran Rainforest, Wild Sumatra is a good place to start.


Once you have your animals drawn and cut out, you can use wire brads to create moving parts, and popsicle stick or wooden dowels for handles.

You can cut spaces into the paper to add details, and even add tissue paper or cellophane for color. 

Now it’s time to play! 

All you need now is a light-source and some music or a storyline.  If you like, you can begin by having two of your characters meet in the rainforest and see what happens.

There is a lot of energy going toward protecting this amazing ecosystem right now, and your good puppet energy is part of that support system.  If you would like to do something else helpful right now you can:

-Talk to your friends and family about the Sumatran Rainforest and what is happening there through your ART! (ie share your puppet show with others)

-Ask questions about and read labels on the products you and your family buy.  Do these products harm the rainforests? (for what to avoid and alternatives, click here)

- Learn more about and support the organizations who are working hard to save these forests.  Here are a few:

Finally, if you would like to share your puppet show with other kids here on this page, here is a link to submit it.  

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Once you submit this form, we will send you a dropbox link to upload your amazing show!