This activity combines building with blocks, shadow observation, tracing, and shape identification. To set up the shadow castle activity, lay out large pieces of butcher paper and tape them to a table or the ground.
Offer children blocks in a variety of shapes, and encourage them to build a tower. As the children stack their blocks, talk with them about the shapes that the blocks’ shadows are casting onto the paper. Once they have created a castle design that they are satisfied with, ask them to trace the outline of the castle on butcher paper. When the castle outline is complete, children can fill it in with colors and add other drawings to create a scene around the castle.
Video & Children’s Books for Further Exploration
To build upon these activities and help children learn more about the formation of shadows, you might enjoy checking out the following video and children’s books:
Cat in the Hat’s How Shadows are Made: A Video from PBS