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Shadow Drawing

Updated: Apr 15, 2023

Did you know that a shadow is made when an object (like a toy, a tree or even you) block the light. Shadows show the shape of the object, but not details like a smile, or the different colour leaves.

You can choose some toys or blocks and line them up in the sunlight, with some paper next to them. Can you see the shadow that these blocks have made on the paper?

You could do this inside or outside – but remember if you are going outside to put on sunscreen and a hat.

See the different shadows these toys made

That's a great idea! It can be a fun activity for kids to explore and experiment with shadows. Tracing around the shadows can also help with their hand-eye coordination and fine motor skills.

As for your question, the shadow will move and change shape as the position of the sun or the light source changes. So it's interesting to leave the setup and observe how the shadow shifts throughout the day.

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