Shadows!

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Flashlight+ wall +any age of human and maybe pets.  I realize there are “patterns” for shadow puppeting, but I recommend saving that for after that creative spark fades. Otherwise you may not get something like this:

Is Your Mama a Llama? I love llamas. I wish we had a Llama’s Day.

Allow kids to just explore without having to put a name to each shadow.

I have no idea what this is, but it really made my 5 year old son giggle.

Throw in some experimenting with “stuff” you can find around the house and use those BIG, awesome science words!

If you’re on your “A” game, grab some lab coats and clipboards. Record some data!  We were on our “C” game this day, so we talked about these awesome science words in about 5 minutes.  We’ll save our NASA data collecting for another day. We played shadows for an hour. Great for rainy or snow day, sick day, grumpy days or when you are out of ideas by 2pm when your spouse is out of town.

Transparent: Light passes through, like a window…view from my kitchen sink. I’d rather be playing than doing dishes, but love watching the kids. This picture will  make me cry some day. Other items to try: water bottles, clear tape, or saran wrap.

Translucent: Some light passes through. We get lazy and look for stuff closest to us, like a shirt. Other items: wax paper, colored plastic food containers, tissue paper, and sunglasses.

Opaque: No light passes through. Other items to try besides a preschooler’s head are: wooden blocks or wooden spoon, coins, a rock.

Once you’ve played with shadows, go ahead and show your kids some patterns or other ways to make shadows.There’s also a lot of shadowy fun on youtube.

Don’t forget shadows on sunny days!

Or other photo ops…

Happy Shadows, my friends!

If its anywhere near Groundhog’s Day (and kids won’t mind if its not) here’s a post with ideas around that infamous giant fur ball. 

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  1. Stopping by from Show and Share – Love the feet!

  2. lol my kids will love this!

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