My Shadow Pictures


Capture shadows for a shadow dance!


1. Experiment with shadows created by people or items blocking light sources (sun, bright lamp). On a sunny day, find a safe place outdoors, such as a sidewalk, where children can draw their shadows with Crayola® Sidewalk Chalk, children work in partners to draw each other's shadows. Try different poses. Record shadow sizes and shapes at various times of the day.

2. Create shadow pictures with stencils. On heavy paper, such as oak tag or recycled file folders, use Crayola Crayons or Colored Pencils to recreate shadow shapes similar to the life-size drawings. With Crayola Scissors, cut out the center of the drawing to make a stencil.

3. Cover the work area with recycled newspaper. Dilute Crayola School Glue with an equal amount of water. Brush this mixture on a sheet of dark construction paper with Crayola Paint Brushes.

4. While the glue is still wet, gently place the shadow stencil on the construction paper. Quickly, rub Crayola Colored Drawing Chalk against sandpaper or a piece of screen so chalk flecks fall onto the open stencil. Gently lift the stencil to see the shadow picture.

5. Cut out stenciled shadows and arrange them on a large piece of mural paper. The frolicking shadows create a shadow dance.

Safety Guidelines

Adult supervision is required for any arts & crafts project. Observe children closely and intervene as necessary to prevent potential safety problems and ensure appropriate use of arts and crafts materials. Some craft items, particularly beads and buttons, are potential choking hazards for young children. Avoid use of such small parts with children younger than 3 years. Craft items such as scissors, push pins and chenille sticks may have sharp points or edges. Avoid use of materials with sharp points by children younger than 4 years. Read all manufacturers' safety warnings before using arts and craft supplies.

Outdoor Crafts—Choose safe outdoor areas, away from traffic and dangerous equipment. Close adult supervision is required.

Scissors—ATTENTION: The cutting edges of scissors are sharp and care should be taken whenever cutting or handling. Blunt-tip scissors should be used only by children 4 years and older. Pointed-tip scissors should be used only by children 6 years and older.


  • Make a permanent record of shadows at different times of day, or once a week at the same time throughout the year. Trace shadows on large sheets of paper. Compare shadow sizes to the height of the person who made the shadow. Find out why shadow shapes and sizes change. Remember to chart the person's own growing height, too.
  • Create shadow boxes with recycled boxes. Paint the inside, then glue on Crayola Model Magic characters and props. Shine a flashlight into the box to create shadows.
  • Play Shadow Tag so children's brains and bodies are sparked into action with shadows.

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crayola supplies
  • Paint Brushes
  • Crayons
  • Colored Pencils
  • No-Run School Glue
  • Pointed Tip Scissors
  • Colored Art Chalk
  • Construction Paper
household supplies
  • recycled newspaper
  • paper towels
  • safe, paved surface
  • sandpaper
  • mural paper
  • container(s) of water
  • screen
  • recycled file folders



  • Grades 1 to 3


  • Math
  • Science
  • Visual Arts


  • 30 to 60 minutes
  • Multiple Sessions


  • Children investigate shadows and their changing proportions, as created when objects block a light source.

  • Children develop cooperative and collaborative skills while working in partnerships.


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