- shadow tracings on paper of four everyday objects you’ve prepared beforehand (examples: cup, scissors, hat, toy truck, pencil, doll, etc.)
- the four objects you used to make shadow tracings plus four more objects about the same size
- desk lamp
- wall to project shadows onto
Key Science Concepts
- A shadow is created by an object blocking the light.
- A shadow shows the shape of an object, but it doesn’t show colors or many other details.
Tell children they will play a guessing game with shadows, similar to what they did in the book they just read.
- Lay each of your four shadow tracings on the ground. Place the group of eight objects in front of the tracings.
- Ask children to try to match the shadow to the object that made it. Ask, Which object made this shadow? Why do you think that is?
- Then have a child recreate the shadow shape using the object and a lamp. How does this help them test whether they were right?
- Repeat with the three other tracings.