“Simple play is how we foster a love of learning, a sense of self, and the ability to think, reason, question, and problem solve.” ~ AK, Play at Home Mom, LLC
This was not our first time experimenting with shadows, but it’s always fun to watch play evolve as our children grow. When my son and I read at night, we use our headlamps. Some nights this turns into shadow play on the wall and lots of laughter. His most recent fascination is with dinosaurs. I’m confident that he knows the names of more dinosaurs than me. A few nights ago he brought his dinosaurs to bed and that’s what started the shadow play: headlamp + dinosaurs in bed = shadow fun! The next day I asked him if he would like to do some more dinosaur shadow play and he helped me set this up. He spent the better part of the morning engaged in this shadow play.
FOR OUR OVERHEAD PROJECTOR PLAY, I USE AN OLD WHITE SHEET WITH YARN ATTACHED TO EACH UPPER CORNER. I HANG IT IN THE PLAYROOM USING COMMAND WALL HOOKS ATTACHED TO THE WALLS ON OPPOSITE SIDES OF THE ROOM. MY SON CHOSE ALL OF THE OTHER MATERIALS INCLUDING THE TREE BLOCKS AND THE GUIDCRAFT WINDOW BLOCKS.
At one point he added his Lego cars and quickly noticed that he could no longer recognize the dinosaur shadows. Sometimes less is more – so he removed them exclaiming “cars weren’t around when dinosaurs were alive!”.
During our dinosaur shadow play, my son decided to go to the opposite side of the sheet to see what things looked like from that angle. This led to…