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DIY: Shadow Puppet Theatre

The science behind shadows

In this STEAM activity, we explore light and how the absence of light due to an object creates shadows - and we do this through art!

Here is a little tidbit of science for you: the shape of an object always determines the shape of its shadow, however, size and shape of the shadow can change depending on source, location and distance of light.

(Source: science learning hub)

The lights position determines the length of a shadow. The distance and spread of the light rays determines the crispness of a shadow. Make sure to explore with different kinds of light behind the shadow box and see what happens to the shapes! Try using sunlight, flashlight and a table lamp and note the differences.

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