One of our favourite things to explore in our program is light and shadow play. There are so many rich sensory experiences that exist, some of which we have tried and some that I plan to try in the future. For now, I would like to share with you some of the experiences I had photographs of in hopes it may bring you some inspiration in your play with children.
The experience above includes various colours of transparent rexlace that was found at our local dollar store. While browsing the store I also found various shapes of plastic ice cubes (diamonds, flowers, unicorns and flamingos). They are in the basket at the top left corner waiting for a child's creative exploration.
The photo above on the left was a child's exploration with an acrylic block set and some perception spheres. In the middle a child was building various shapes with Magnatiles, a favourite play material here at Mindful Moments. Second from the right we had provided some coloured transparent cups we found at the dollarstore. The children found so many ways to use these and in this photo they were using them to hold their loose parts. On the far right, our older children arranged those same cups into a tower. This took a lot of patience and careful movement.
We have an overhead projector in our classroom which serves as an opportunity to project the materials in large scale onto the adjacent wall. It also provides for endless opportunities in shadow play. The child on the left above noticed her shadow and spend some time watching how she could move her body and see it reflected in front of her. In the middle photo, the children were exploring doilies. Second from the right they used those same acrylic blocks to create a scene on the wall and a child's shadow projected onto the wall while he was building his block house. On the far right a child used the projector, marker and a piece of overhead transparency to create a scene.
Black light experiences are quite possibly my favourite. There is something so magical about the way the glow materials engage the children. In the photo above and to the left a child is making a masterpiece using florescent paint. This project captured their attention for a long period of time and the careful attention to it was a wonder to observe. In the middle, a child was exploring glow in the dark magnet tiles. These are often used to build houses and other structures but the possibilities are endless. On the right we explored mark making with regular old highlighters that were donated to us.
In the images above the children had made their own shadow puppet theatre. They cut the box, decorated it and then designed their own puppets. The teacher used the flashlight feature on her phone to create the light for them.
In the near future we plan to explore what can be done with a pocket projector!
Do you have any great light or shadow play ideas? Share them below!