Make Your Own Color Shadows

color shadows

My 3-year-old daughter loves to play with flashlights.  She’ll carry them from room to room, turning off lights, and organizing “sleep over parties.”

We often make shadow puppets with our fingers.

Then, this morning, she happened to put down the large flashlight next to a yellow sippy cup full of apple juice.  And, lo and behold, the light cast a yellow shadow on the wall behind the cup.

Oooohhhh….. project!

So I grabbed some red and blue sippy cups from the kitchen, filled them with water, and we lined them all up in the room to see how their shadows would look.

Mostly, the 16-month-old was interested in drinking from all of the cups.  What can I say?  She’s my eater.  Food = more exciting than shadows to her.

Anyway, we made shadow finger puppets in front of the red, blue, and yellow shadows.  We moved the cups closer to and farther from the flashlight to watch the shadow get bigger and smaller.  We moved around the cups to see where they had to be in relation to the flashlight to cast the brightest colors.  We made new colors by overlapping the shadows.

Lots of learning, but it just seemed like fun to the girls:  the best kind.  :)

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Our Trip to “The Dali”

We recently took a trip to “The Dali,” as the The Dali Museum is affectionately known.  I hadn’t been since I was a kid, and I was excited to return.  And to my delight, my girls had a great time, too.

Granted, the 16-month-old was just happy to be out and about and exploring new places, and the 3-year-old didn’t really grasp everything – but we toured the gallery, did crafts directed by a docent, completed the scavenger hunt, and had tapas in the cafe.

My oldest studied the Disappearing Bust of Voltaire, her eyes focused on the painting as she walked backwards and forward again and again, until finally announcing, “Yup, I see it.”

They both climbed on the sculpted windows as we ate our tapas, and they threw change into the fountain at the foot of the giant stone that appears to be supporting one corner of the building near the front entry.

All in all, a great day.  I’ve written about our outing, about Dali and his artwork, and some of the Dali-themed crafts we did at home on Squidoo:  Salvador Dali Crafts and Lessons for Kids.

Here is a collage of some of our pictures from the museum and the crafts we did:

Dali Crafts for Kids

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