- butcher paper markers
- paint and paintbrushes
Objective: Children will use their observation and small-motor skills to learn about and then draw shadows.
Warm-Up: Sitting outside on a sunny day, share with children the poem "Me and My Shadow" by Robert Louis Stevenson. Invite children to move around and play with their own shadows as you recite the poem.
1 Talk with children about how shadows form when the sun or other light shines on an object. Invite them to take time to walk around a yard, playground, or other outdoor area and look at the shadows.
2 Encourage children to find as many shadows as they can. Talk with children about each of the shadows they noticed. What is it a shadow of? What shapes do children see in it? Is it straight or curvy? Is it bigger or smaller than the object casting the shadow? What does the shadow look like?
3 Invite children to select a shadow that they will study and draw by themselves or in pairs. Give each child or pair a large sheet of butcher paper. Guide them to place the paper on the ground so that the shadow - or an interesting part of it - falls on the paper.
4 Suggest that children use markers or paint to outline the shadow and then color in the shape. When the pictures are dry, help children use the scissors to cut them out. Talk together about each shadow children drew and how it is similar to and different from the others.
- At a different time of day, revisit the objects whose shadows children drew. Place the shadow drawings on the ground and see how the shadows have changed.
- Back inside, invite children to draw the objects that made the shadows, using the shadow drawings as a guide. Then hang the pictures above the shadow drawings.
Have fun with your shadows as you share these books.
Bear Shadow by Frank Asch
Clare and Her Shadow by William Michaels
Come Out Shadow, Wherever You Are Bernice Myers