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Shadow Tracing

Posted on 07/01/20 by Clare in Early Childhood

Materials:

-A favorite toy, yourself, a silly hat, get creative!

-Chalk

(or)

-Markers/crayons/writing utencil

-Paper

Activity:

Have someone or your favorite toy with the sun behind them. Observe what the sun does. Is there a shadow? Does the shadow match they object, or is it stretched out or shrunken? Talk with your child about what the object/their body is doing that makes a shadow appear. You can try changing things up by looking at the shadow of a glass, or another translucent object. What is different about that shadow?

Using chalk, you can trace the shadow of a person, and then add silly features and clothes! If you are tracing an object, lay a piece of paper on the ground and stand the object up so the shadow is on the paper. This can be especially fun with animal figures. Trace the shadow. Now you can continue to draw around that shadow! If it is a shadow of a toy horse, where might that horse be? If it is a shadow of a car, where is it driving?

What is great about this activity is that it can be done on a large scale or a small scale. When tracing the shadow of a child, it helps them with body awareness and spatial concepts. When working on a small scale, you can elaborate by continuing to add to the picture after the shadow has been traced. This supports imaginative play. Both support fine motor skills, and are just plain fun!

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