Shadow Experiments and Actions for Youngsters

Sunny summer time days are a good time to experiment with shadows. I’ve put collectively a enjoyable checklist of shadow exercise concepts with ( hopefully ) one thing to enchantment to youngsters of all ages.

What’s a shadow?

For a shadow to be fashioned an object should block gentle. The article should be opaque or translucent to make a shadow. A clear object won’t make any shadow, as gentle passes straight by clear objects.

Clear Supplies

Clear supplies let gentle cross by them in straight traces, as a way to see clearly by them.

Translucent Supplies

Translucent supplies let some gentle by, however scatter the sunshine in several instructions. We can’t see clearly by translucent supplies.

Opaque Supplies

Opaque supplies don’t let any gentle cross by them.

Shadow Experiments for Youngsters

Shadow Body

Make a shadow frame utilizing cardboard and call paper. That is nice for experimenting with totally different shapes and forms of supplies. Strive translucent and opaque supplies to research how the color of the shadow adjustments.

Draw Shadows

Use constructing blocks to make shapes you may draw round. How does the shadow change in the event you rotate the block? Is the shadow totally different at totally different instances of day?

Draw shadows using blocks outdoors.

Are you able to make some 3D shapes shadows to attract?

We love this use of colour blocks for shadows from Stimulating Studying and this huge version from Play at Residence Mother LLC.

Rhythms of Play painted inside their shadows they usually look superb!

painting shadows

Sundial Experiment

This human sundial experiment is a good concept too. You may use the identical concept to make a smaller model utilizing a LEGO tower on white paper.

One other concept just like making a sundial is to follow a shadow by the day watching how the dimensions and form of a shadow fashioned the identical object adjustments!

Shadow Puppet Theatre

Construct a shadow puppet theatre like Interior Little one Enjoyable, this is able to be nice for linking shadows to literacy work.

Shadow Experiments – Shadow Individuals

Strive constructing folks or animals with pipe cleaners, it was fairly a problem to get ours to face up. Are you able to make one shadow twice as tall as one other?

shadow people

Shadow Experiments – Shadow Sculptures

The Clever Guardian has some brilliant shadow sculptures, it could possibly be fairly enjoyable to make use of the identical concept however make chemical constructions and draw the shadows too.

shadow scupltures

Shadow Puppets

Childhood 101 has some good Star Wars shadow puppets.

We love these Gruffalo’s Child shadow puppets too.

Gruffalo Mouse Shadow Puppet

You may additionally strive some Christmas or different vacation themed shadow puppets. We made an enormous Christmas tree shadow puppet after which smaller puppets for the decorations.

Christmas shadow puppets

Extra Shadow Experiments

Are you able to experiment with shadows at totally different instances of day? It’s best to discover that the Solar makes the longest shadows at the start and finish of the day, when the Solar is lowest within the sky and the shortest shadows at noon, when it’s highest within the sky.

Appropriate for Early Years Basis Stage

Appropriate for Key Stage 2 Science


Are you able to consider any extra shadow actions for us?

Science ideas

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Final Up to date on August 11, 2022 by Emma Vanstone

Our names are Fareedah and Kamilah Amoo. We are seven and five year’s old sisters and live in Ontario, Canada, with our parents and little brother, Awad. We love writing stories, painting on canva, coding, reading books, and enjoying arts and crafts. Our goal is to motivate every child worldwide to read more books.

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