Winter light provides a great way to check out your shadow during brief outdoor outings. But when it gets too cold to play with your shadow friend take the lesson inside with a few simple materials.

Winter light provides a great way to check out your shadow during brief outdoor outings. But when it gets too cold to play with your shadow friend take the lesson inside with a few simple materials. You’ll need a flashlight, black paper, tape, chalk and child-safe scissors. Have each of your children take a turn standing in profile in front of a flashlight beam and casting a shadow onto a black paper taped to the wall. Make sure each sheet is level with the top of each child’s head. Use chalk to trace around the shadow, then cut out the sillouette for a wonderful display.

 

Baby

Try sitting your baby in her highchair to trace her shadow. To keep her facing in profile, encourage her siblings to stand in front of her and make funny faces, sing and call out her name.


Toddler

To help keep your toddler amused and still, ask an older child to read the toddler’s favorite book out loud while standing in front of him. When his silhouette is finished, ask him to point out his nose, mouth, chin and other features.


Preschooler & Up

He can help by cutting out his silhouette and even assist with holding the flashlight. Have him write his wishes for the upcoming spring on the back of the silhouette. Talk about how you can make them come true.

 

Excerpted from The Siblings’ Busy Book. Copyright 2008 by Heather Kempskie and Lisa Hanson. Reprinted with permission of Meadowbrook Press, www.meadowbrookpress.com. Available in bookstores nationwide.