Shadow and Light Activities

By February 20, 2017Parkland Players

Due to the beautiful sunny weather this morning we thought these crafts about shadow and light were an appropriate post for today.


Shadow Tracing


  • Chart paper
  • Markers
  • Blocks
  • Animal toys
  • Sunglasses


  • Set up a table outside in the sun.
  • Roll out a large piece of white paper on the table.
  • Place blocks on the paper as well as animal toys/creatures so that the sun casts their shadow/silhouette on the paper
  • Have children trace and colour these shadows.


Chalk Shadows/Silhouettes


  • Sidewalk chalk
  • (and a sidewalk!)


  • Go outside and have children pose in whatever position they would like so that they cast an interesting shadow.
  • Trace the shadow on the ground.
  • Fill in the shadow drawing with chalk decorations.
  • If it is not sunny, this can be done inside. Get large black paper, have children lie down on the paper while someone else traces around them, they can then cut out the silhouette to create a life sized shadow of themselves.

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