Fall and winter days bring shorter daylight hours. Make the most of this time of year with these fun light and shadow games for kids.
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Besides being fun, puzzles are an often overlooked educational tool. I’ve used puzzles to teach my children about the world. I also love using 4D Cityscape Time puzzles in our history lessons, as they allow children to see how historical events shape cities and countries.
I believe in hands on learning wherever possible, in all school subjects. So when I was offered the chance to review three new Dr. Livingston human body jumbo learning puzzles, I said yes. I knew these puzzles would be fantastic for teaching my children about the human body.
Using Puzzles to Teach Children About the Human Body
The days are growing cooler and shorter, and there’s less time to play outside after school. This month Energizer sent us a flashlight and batteries to craft a sponsored post. The flashlight reminded me of childhood camping trips. My parents took us camping quite a bit! Sometimes we would sit in the tent and shine the flashlight on the tent walls. My mom taught us how to make different shadow shapes using our hands. I realized that the shorter days of fall and winter are perfect for playing with light and shadow!
Light and Shadow Games for Kids
Energizer sent us their Emergency All-in-One Light. Its coolest feature is that it can turn into its own little tripod standing, making it perfect for light and shadow games.
We started off with the same hand shadows my mom taught us. If you can’t tell, that’s a gigantic bird swooping down in the photo above.
Nine-year-old Johnny tried building different shadow shapes to project onto the wall. This one is a pine tree.
Five-year-old Anna is really into decorating robot cut-outs right now. You may recognize them from Emma’s fifth birthday party. It turns out I held onto the extras for a reason!
Anna loved seeing her robot grow and shrink based on how close she held it to the flashlight. The flashlight reminded them of a spotlight, inspiring this performance:
Their cousins introduced them to Hamilton. Fair warning to parents: this particular clip is fine, but the musical on the whole is not G rated. History never is.
What are your favorite ways to play with light and shadows with your kids?
Thank you, Energizer, for sponsoring this post. all opinions are my own.