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Light and Shadows

Light and shadows-01


  • White paper
  • Light or lamp
  • Pencil
  • Black crayon


What to do

1. Hang a piece of white paper on the wall.

2. Have one child sit in front of the paper, their side toward the wall.

3. Place the light a short distance away, creating a silhouette.

4. Invite a second child to trace the silhouette with a pencil.

5. Have the rest of the class create their silhouettes in turn.

6. When their silhouettes are finished, ask the children to color them in with black crayon.


More to do

  • Art: Draw outlines of animals or other creatures on overhead transparencies and project them onto a large sheet of white paper. Then have the children trace the outlines and create lifesize drawings. Assemble the drawings in a life-size coloring book.
  • Dramatic play: Show the children how to make shadow puppets with their hands. Encourage the children to perform a skit using only shadows.


-Sandra Hutchins Lucas, Cox's Creek, KY

Book: The GIANT Encyclopedia of Art & Craft Activities for Children 3 to 6
Content: The Arts: Visual Arts
Area: Fine Motor
Age: Kindergarten
Interaction: Individual Child

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