Online Science Class for Preschoolers: Light & Shadows

Overview:  Day 6 lets your preschooler play with light and shadows.  Children predict, experiment, and create. The lesson appeals to the Verbal-Linguistic, Logical-Mathematical, Visual-Spatial, Bodily-Kinesthetic, Interpersonal and Intrapersonal intelligences.

  • Bright flashlight
  • Cardboard
  • Scissors
  • Toys 
  • Paper 
  • Balloon
  • Science Journals.  

  • Gather supplies

Science Time!
  • Light can pass through many things.  Look at how it shines through this piece of paper.  (Shine light through a piece of paper.)  Do you think it will shine through a door?  Let's find out.  Let your child experiment with light passing through different objects, including the balloon.
  • Light makes shadows when it can't pass through something.  Hold a toy up in a beam of light so the toy's shadow lands on the wall.  Let's play a game!  I'll make a toy shadow and you look at the shadow and guess which toy I'm holding.  When you're done playing, let your child experiment with the light by making different shadows on the wall with her body and toys.
  • Let's make shadow puppets!  Use the cardboard to cut out whatever shape puppets your child would like.  (We made a bunny and some robots.)  After you have made the shadow puppets, create some shadow puppet plays!  Take turns with your child or make up a story together.  
  • Science Notebooks:  Draw or write about what we did today.


Amber@Nater Tot June 14, 2011 at 6:32 AM  

I love this one. Nate has been very interested in shadows lately, but I haven't gone out of my way to create them and talk more about their properties. I will definitely be doing that now!

Jansen Family June 14, 2011 at 9:40 PM  

Flashlights and shadows are so much fun--even for young kiddos! I'm sure you guys will have a blast!


Skye June 15, 2011 at 8:48 PM  

Great idea!! Wow. Love it!

Jansen Family June 16, 2011 at 8:47 PM  

Thanks, Skye! You know, even Harry loves playing with a flashlight!