Creativity doesn’t require a ton of art supplies. In fact, some days, all your need is the sun, a shadow, and a way of capturing that shadow.
Shadow art is a fun STEAM activity that is sure to inspire your little ones. The best time of day to do it? Whenever the sun is out and casting its shadow!
Here are some of our favorite ways of making art with shadows:
Creating Shadow Art with Favorite Toys
Start this craft by having your kids line up all their favorite toys outside. You can even tell your kids that the toys are having a parade. Finish getting the craft ready by putting a piece of white paper on the ground behind each toy. Then, challenge your kiddos to trace the shadow on the paper before the sun moves.
Once they’re done tracing the shadow, it’s like they made their own coloring page. The kids will also get a kick out of drawing their favorite toys.
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Here's a fun and easy art project for your kids to do at home that require few supplies. This is a great opportunity to teach them about sunlight and shadows. ?? Let your children choose their favorite toys and lay them outside with paper and markers or crayons. After they've traced the shadows, leave the toy with the paper taped to the ground outside and have them revisit it a few hours later to see how the sun and shadows moved. Remember parents, shadows are longer in the morning and afternoon. When he's not busy destroying the Universe and it's inhabitants, Thanos thinks this is a good idea too. ? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . #diy #homeschooling #homeschoollife #comicillustration #comicshop #miamieducation #miamicomics #miaminonprofit #artforkids #arthistoryforkids #artprojects #shadowart #marvel #marvelcomics #marveluniverse #comiccon #comiccollection #comiccollector #artsy #artsandcrafts #tracingpaper #tracingproject #abc123 #artchallenge #callforartists #callforart #kidsart #kidsdiy #thanos #thewasp
Portrait Silhouette Art
For this shadow art project, tape a piece of paper to the wall. Then have one of your kids sit with their face in profile. Setup a flashlight to create a shadow of your kiddo’s profile and have another trace the shadow on the paper. Have them finish the project by cutting the shadow out of the piece of paper and gluing it to a colored piece of paper for a new backdrop. This can be a wonderful keepsake.
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I’m aiming for three things each day, one book, one form of movement (bike, scoot, dance party, yoga) and one activity. This is today’s ‘homeschooling’ win. I saw people’s kids shadow drawing on the socials and thought that’s looks fun and easy. She’s now building different towers out of Duplo and drawing their shape ?
Chalk Shadow Art
My kids love chasing their shadows and seeing how they change depending on the light and their location on the sidewalk. This is one reason shadow art is considered a STEAM activity; your kiddos are learning how shadows are created. Help them chase their shadows by tracing their shadow with sidewalk chalk. They can then fill in the outlines with chalk or chalk paint.
Sculptures with Shadows
After the kids create a small statue of an animal or person using tin foil, attach the sculpture to a piece of a paper. Then, encourage your kiddo to trace and color the shadow in to complete the masterpiece. By adding the shadow to the craft, they’re adding dimension to their sculpture.
Capture Nature with Shadow Art
The shadows trees make with their trunks and branches can be pretty beautiful. Lay out a long piece of paper next to a tree on a sunny day and watch your kiddo create tree shapes by outlining the shadow.
The wonderful thing about shadow art? You can do it with just about any object and just about any season, as long as the sun is out.
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