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⚙ 3 years and up

Time and Place

⚙ Any time of day

⚙ Any time of year

⚙ Outdoors (on a sunny day) or indoors (with a flashlight)


⚙ None required


Optional Materials 

​⚙ Flashlight

⚙ Objects such as toys or loose parts to cast shadows



⚙ Supervise children at all times 
⚙ If outdoors, protect children from sun exposure (e.g., hats, sunscreen) 


If outdoors: Find a sunny area. If indoors: Find a dimly lit space and use a flashlight.  Encourage the children to investigate their own shadows or the shadows created by different objects.

Questions You May Ask 

⚙ How do shadows change [throughout the day, as clouds move in front of the sun, if the object moves]?

⚙ How can you use a flashlight to explore shadows?

⚙ What object could you use to create a shaded place?

⚙ How can you make a shadow [longer, wider, shorter, narrower]? 

Related Children's Books

⚙ The Day I Met My Shadow by Melissa Brun

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Play-based Context

Young children notice their shadows on sunny days and explore them playfully by observing how the shadows move with them. 

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