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Active Time
45 minutes to 1 hour
Total Project Time
45 minutes to 1 hour
Key Concepts
Light, shadow

Introduction

Have you ever played with your own shadow? It is fascinating how it follows your every move. But why do you not see your shadow every day? Why is your shadow very long sometimes, and other times very short? In this activity, you will make your own shadow puppet and explore how you can change the shape or size of its shadow. If you like, you can even create your own shadow play!

Credits

Svenja Lohner, PhD, Science Buddies
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Materials

  • Flashlight
  • Table
  • Light-colored wall
  • Cardstock paper
  • Box
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Wooden skewers or popsicle sticks
  • Scotch® tape
  • Optional: frosted plastic sheet
  • Optional: clear plastic sheet
  • Optional: stickers or markers for decoration
    Materials needed for Shadow Puppets science activity

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Active Time
45 minutes to 1 hour
Total Project Time
45 minutes to 1 hour
Key Concepts
Light, shadow
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