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Shadow play


Shadow play

What to do with this activity?

Shadows can be scary, but you can make them fun.

Show your child how to make interesting shadows on the wall using your hands. Switch off all the lights in a room except for one strong table lamp, then put your hands between the light and the wall. You can make up a little story to show off the characters you create. 

Have a look at this Youtube video for how to make different animals and birds. 

For some more activities with shadows, click on the yellow activity link below.


  • Why am I doing this?

    Children’s ability to think and understand experiences develops by listening and speaking. As a child’s language becomes more complex so does their ability to understand more complex thoughts and ideas. The family is the child’s first source of language and learning and there are lots of everyday activities that occur in the home, which can help children’s language skills. Your child will get better at using words when they practice words and hear the sounds of words.

  • How can I do more?

    Just keep talking and listening. Normal routines provide lots of opportunities for conversation and for all the family to learn new things. If you are walking down a street, point out things you see and talk about them. Explain new words, show the colours or point out shapes. Ask your child what animals or buildings they like. There’s no end to what you can talk about together.

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