In "Wonderful Welcome," a Tapestry of Faith program
When the children solve the riddle, ask them what they need to make a shadow
(a light source, an object that will cast a shadow, and a surface on which the
shadow can be cast.) Explain that we can see shadows, so we know they are there,
but we can't feel them. Note that they can change shape, and even disappear!
Tell the children that they will now have a chance to play with shadows. Show
them the light source, and explain that they must be careful not to touch it
because it is hot and breakable.
With the light source behind the screen, allow one or two children at a time
to go behind the screen with an adult watching to make sure they are not too
close to the light source. Invite them to make shadows for the other children to
Encourage them to:
You might invite two or more children to make a group shadow sculpture. Or,
invite the "audience" to make requests: "Make a bunny. Make an angry shape. Make
a curvy shape. Make a ball bounce."
Make sure everyone has a chance to make shadows.
If you have time, invite three volunteers to perform a short shadow play,
acting out the parts of the grandmother, Nelson, and the lost, crocheted blanket
from the story, The Real Gift.
Give the children a few minutes' notice before ending the shadow play, and
turn off the light source to end the activity.
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Last updated on Wednesday, October 26, 2011.
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