Light and Shadow Activities

Thank you for checking out our Storywalk®, Moonbear’s Shadow by Frank Asche.

Here are some activities to continue your child’s learning from home.

Where do you see a shadow?What object is making the shadow?How does the shape of the shadow look the same as the object?How is it different? Where do you think the light is coming from to make the shadow?

Do all objects make a shadow? Explore what kind of objects can make a shadow?Gather a variety of objects. Shine a light source or flashlight on the object.  What do you observe? Do all objects make a shadow?Opaque – NO light passes through.Translucent – SOME light passes through. Transparent – ALL light passes through.

What happens if you shine a light through a transparent object with different colors? Shine a light source through objects with different colors.What colors are the shadows?Investigate color mixing by shining light through colored cellophane or transparent color paper dividers.  Shine your light through one color.  What do you observe?What do you think will happen if you shine the light through different color transparent sheets overlapped together?

Do you think a shape of a shadow can change? Create a shadow using a flashlight or light source. Move the light. Can you change the size and location of the shadow by moving the light? Hold the flashlight down lower and up higher?  Move the object. Experiment by moving your hands or object closer and further away from the light source? What do you observe? 

Shadow Dance – Play music and make your shadow dance on the floor, wall or outside on the ground. Shadow Tag – One person is the chaser who tries to step on the other’s shadow. Then reverse roles.Shadow Art – Trace shadows to create shadow art.  If outside, use sidewalk chalk.  Shadow Photos – Take fun photos of your shadows.  Pose in different positions. 

How does your shadow change over the course of the day as the position of the sun changes?   Go outside at different times of the day. Trace your shadow at each of the times, making sure to stand in the same spot. Try morning, noon, and late afternoon.How did your shadow change?When was it longest? When was it shortest?Measure your shadow at these different times.When the sun is low in the sky, the shadows are long. When the sun is high in the sky, the shadows are much shorter.

Hand Shadow Puppets – Use your hands and a light source, create shadows on a screen or a wall in different animal shapes. What other shapes can you make?Paper Shadow Puppets – Cut stiff paper into shapes of your choosing and attach a craft stick. Place puppets between the light source and the screen or wall. What do you see? Experiment moving your puppet closer or farther away from the light source? Use your imagination and create your own shadow story with your hand or paper shadow puppets.

On a sunny day, go on a walk.  What shadows do you see?Do you observe any shadow patterns?What makes a pattern?Can you create your own shadow pattern? Activities for children: Shadow Tracing • TeachKidsArt Making Silhouette Art With Your Child (