Sunday, January 30, 2011

Shadow Fun

We're hoping that Punxsutawney Phil doesn't see his shadow this week!  However, we were excited to talk about our shadows today.


Little J and I  read an excerpt from Usbornes' First Encyclopedia of Science and then did a little internet researching to learn more about shadows (I'll list our links below).

Flashlight Fun
One of the kids received a flashlight for Christmas that you can attach different lenses to and make shapes appear on another object.  We tried making shadows in a bright room, dark room, up close and far away.


Shadow Puppets
Then we made shadow puppets with another flashlight.  Finally, we went outside and tried to make different shadow shapes on the ground with our bodies.

On Line Sites

I'll leave you guessing what movie watched has nothing to do with science or groundhogs, but all about a little boy who refuses to grow up...

Science Sunday


Phyllis said...

We have been having fun with shadow puppets lately, too! Never thought to look at the science behind it.

varunner said...

Pierce got one of those shadow flashlights for Christmas! I had to hide it thoguh, as the twins kept trying to eat the pieces that have the images and fit on the end. We only break it out now after the twins are sleeping!
Please no shadow groundhog ;-)

Our Side of the Mountain said...

Cute! It's been a LONG LONG time since we've done Shadow Puppets! (We would do them with flashlights on the tent walls while camping.) Fun stuff!

Jessy - Science Sunday

An Almost Unschooling Mom said...

Peter Pan is the perfect movie to watch after playing with shadows - what a good idea!

Ticia said...

That was one of my favorite movies as a kid. Which version did you watch?

Kelly said...

Ha! It was the most recently released Peter Pan from Disney. Now if I can get them to stop trying to sword fight me!

Raising a Happy Child said...

So tempting to watch Peter Pan - but I wonder if my daughter will find it too scary. She finds even Cinderella too scary - she strongly prefers non-fiction ala Sid the Science Kid. Shadow play can be so much fun!

Christy said...

Great fun! I love Peter Pan too! From the weather forecast, it appears that spring is not coming anytime soon.