More science! Still fun!
We did three different activities during this storytime:
1. Shadow Box – I did this in between the two picture books. I cut the flaps off a smallish cardboard box and taped two layers of tissue paper over it. On the bottom of the box, I cut a hole large enough to stick objects and the end of a flashlight in. Making sure the objects were hidden, I placed one inside the box, close to the tissue paper and shined a light behind it to create a shadow. The children had to guess what the object was.
The next time I do something like this, I will modify it. A bigger box, with a bigger hole in the back, and cut-out shapes glued to a stick. The 2D shapes would be better, I think, than 3D ones.
2. Shadow Collage – The children glued black construction paper shapes onto a piece of paper. Mot of them made houses of one sort or another.
3. Make a Shadow – My husband let me use a portable shop light he has at work, without which, I could not have done this. I set it up on a table to shine against a bare wall in our community room, so the children could make shadows. How do you make a shadow bigger/smaller? How do you make it blurry/in focus? We tried to make shadow animals as well – birds and bunnies.