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Early Childhood Activity Bank

Sand and Shadows


Let kids hit the sandbox for some learning fun: Encourage children to use sand and water to create sand castles. Then tell children to be shadow watchers. Do the sand castles make shadows? Next, have children create a forest for their sand castles by gluing paper triangles to sticks. Push the "trees" into the sand and note their shadows. Look again later in the day to see if those shadows have changed. Discuss shadows and what is needed for shadows to appear. Finally, let children trace one another's shadows, compare their shadows, or dance to music with their shadows.


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