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Are you looking for fun projects to do, but are short on supplies? The answer is simple: Shadows!
Turn an ordinary walk to the mailbox into a lively game of shadow tag. It�s played much the same way as regular tag, except that instead of tagging a person, you tag the person�s shadow.
Use the combination of light and shadow to create frameable works of art. Use tacks or tape to hang a sheet of white construction paper or poster board to the wall. Sit or stand next to the paper so that the shadow of your profile shows up when a light (flashlights work well) is shined on you. While you sit very still, have someone trace the outline of your shadow on the paper with a pencil. Once the tracing is complete, cut the silhouette out with a pair of scissors and mount it on a sheet of black paper. Make several silhouettes of your family members and display them together.
Who doesn�t love shadow puppets? This is the perfect almost- no-materials-required activity for guaranteed fun. Simply direct light onto a wall (again, flashlights work great) and make shadows with your hands. Try some easy favorites such as a barking dog and a turkey with a droopy, dangly neck. Then invent shadow puppets you�ve never seen before just by moving and bending your fingers and hands in different positions.
Imagination is a wonderful thing�especially when there is lots of sunshine around! Make your own shadow town by arranging small boxes, cans, and other small items into a straight line in direct sunlight. Try doing this activity on a concrete driveway or on a large piece of paper or cardboard. Once the objects are lined up and casting a shadow, trace the outline of the shadow with sidewalk chalk to form your city�s �skyline.� When the skyline is finished, invite your friends to bring their toy cars over to play in your shadow town.
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