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Shadow Fun Anders Sandberg

This experiment is done in a dark room to teach a child about shadows.


Materials Needed:

  • Torch / Lamp
  • Cardboard / Thick Paper
  • Scissors
  • Wall (preferably plain)

What to do:

  • Cut a creative shape out of cardboard.
  • Shine a torch or lamp on the card.
  • Hold it in front of you, with the wall behind you.

The Science Factor:

The holes in the cardboard let the light of the torch / lamp through but the card itself blocks the light. You get a shadow on the wall in the shape of the card. A shadow is made because light cannot get through the cardboard.

Hints and Tips:

  • Watch what happens when you move the shape closer and further from the lamp.
  • Use your hands to create different shadows on the wall.

Additional Info

  • Appropriate Age: 4 year+
  • Number of Children: Individual (1), Couple (2), Few (3), Small Group (4), Large Group (5 or more)
  • Developmental Milestones:

    scissor skills have improved (able to cut on curved lines, cuts out shapes and simple designs)

    has organized, continuous memory

    follows and understands complex instructions (verbal and visual)

  • Play Based Learning: Exploratory Play, Creative Play
  • Interest Areas: Art and Craft, Science and Nature
  • Games Categories: Indoor Games, Learning Games, Science Experiments
  • EYLF Outcomes: Learning Outcome 4, Learning Outcome 5
  • Sub Outcomes:

    4.3 Children transfer and adapt what they have learned from one context to another

    5.3 Children express ideas and make meaning using a range of media

Created On January 3, 2015 Last modified on Sunday, January 25, 2015
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