We help families and classrooms

bring history and ancient stories to life.

What can you do with silhouette puppets?

shadow puppetry  —  stop motion films  —  storytelling  —  family projects  —  history fairs  —  language arts —  holidays and holy days  —  interactive displays  — play over zoom  —  personalized gifts



Behind the Screen

Helene van Rossum, founder of Past Times

Why I Want Kids to See Themselves in the Story

I’m Helene, founder of Past Times, crafter, and children’s book writer. An archivist by profession, I love to find the stories behind historical documents. My passion is bringing historical narratives to life for children, classrooms, and families. I want to help kids see themselves in the story, to humanize our histories and heritage, and make history come alive through imagination and play.