This month we have been reading a story called My Shadow. As we were reading it, it struck me that I had never really pointed out or shown Lily her shadow. So I thought of a great activity to start to notice them more.
This activity, is best done outdoors and you will need the sun. Its also best to do it when the sun is lower. This is because you will get a longer shadow.
So at around 4pm this afternoon, we headed into our back yard where the sun was. I told Lily to bring her chalk with her.
When we got there, I pointed out to Lily that she had a shadow. Its no longer a new concept to her, but she doesn't seem to notice it unless I point it out. Very sweetly, Lily waves to her shadow. I then show her how when we move, the shadow moves to. So we start to move both our arms and legs.
Now its time for the nice little quick activity I thought of. I tell lily to strike a pose, and put her arms into the air and legs wide. We notice that she shadow does it too. I then get a piece of chalk and asking her to keep very still (not easy for a 2 year old) I draw around her shadow. When she moved out of the way, a figure was drawn on the floor. She was very impressed and got me to give it some eyes and a smile.
Do you think your children would enjoy this activity?
My daughter would love to play this game, she loves books and her pavement chalks xXxReplyDelete
This looks like fun! Hopefully we can get enough sun to try this with my daughter.ReplyDelete
What a brilliant gameReplyDelete
Great idea. My daughter get so excited when following her own shadow.ReplyDelete
You have so many great ideas. Looks like fun and great for learningReplyDelete
fab, you have such great ideasReplyDelete
That's a great way to have funReplyDelete
Used to do this ourselves !
I remember my niece had this book and she love it too!ReplyDelete
Love this idea, it made me smile.ReplyDelete
A great idea, older kids could dress their shadows tooReplyDelete
This is a great idea, especially if you have some chalk lying around (which we do in our garden!)ReplyDelete
Never thought of this, looks great fun to do and can be done in the back yardReplyDelete
What a good idea, and suitable for children across quite an age range!ReplyDelete
I love this idea, ad they can make any pose they want to!ReplyDelete
Fantastic idea for the summer. My daughter would think this is great.ReplyDelete