Shadow Chalk Experiment

Kids are always fascinated by their shadows and, as a parent, it's such a joy to see them interact with themselves. This shadow chalk experiment is a great way for kids to understand how shadows work and also how the sun moves across the sky throughout the day.

One child is the model while the other child (or parent) traces their shadow as it shifts throughout the day. See what silly shadow poses your child can make!

Materials you'll need

Step-by-step tutorial

  • Step 1

    All you need for this project is chalk. Can't get any simpler than that!

    Photo reference of how to complete step 1

  • Step 2

    Have your child stand outside at various times of the day to watch their shadow transform. Make sure their feet are in the same position each time.

    Photo reference of how to complete step 2

  • Step 3

    Try and experiment with different poses for some laughs. Once you find a pose you like, have another person trace the shadow outline with chalk.

    Photo reference of how to complete step 3

  • Step 4

    Repeat this process throughout the day, about every 3 hours. We did this at 9 a.m., 12 p.m., 3 p.m., and 6 p.m.

    Photo reference of how to complete step 4

  • Done!

    By the end of the day, we had some fun figures happening! The kids loved watching the shadows move and try to guess where it would be the next time we came out.

    Photo reference of how to complete step 5

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