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Shadow and Light CMSM at Home activity from the Children's Museum of Southern Minnesota

Today, we’ll observe how light moves around objects and creates shadows. It’s shadow play time!

If the weather serves us and there is some sunshine, we can go outside. Otherwise, we can use a flashlight or lamp. Gather some interesting shadow-makers, such as animal figurines, blocks, colander, thin colored fabric, lace, crocheted objects, or anything else you like. Use your source of light to create shadows.

What shapes do you see? What color are your shadows? What happens when we move the light? Take pictures and show us your shadows!

Further Your Exploration

Place paper on your shadow and trace the outlines. If you are outside, trace the outlines with sidewalk chalk.

Explore different objects and how the light travels through or around them. What shapes does it make? Are there any patterns?

What kind of shadow is created if you use a thin fabric, crocheted item, or a scarf?

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