We’ve been taking advantage of our earlier sunsets and cooler winter nights by experimenting with shadows and shadow play. This has been our go to activity just before dinner and then after dinner we have been using some of our scenes to create stories.
For our first night of shadow play (there are more blog posts coming with some other ideas we have since enjoyed) we used figurines and small toys we had on hand to create shadow scenes.
Master Six has a collection of dog figurines, so he used a few of these as well as bits and pieces from our Lego to create his scenes. We placed the figurines on our TV cabinet and we experimented with torch placement and the effect it had on the shadow when we moved it closer to the figurines and further away.
Master Six liked the idea that the bike (pictured below) looked like it was about to go down a hill.
Master Six rearranged the dogs in different positions to work out which way provided the best silhouettes. He felt this worked best – some dogs facing the torch light and some on their side which give a nice profile picture.
The girls were keen to get in on the action and gathered some figurines from their fairy and animal collections.
Fairies having a chat:
Miss Eight created this serene scene:
Miss Eight has been learning about some different effects that can be added to photos. When we were looking at the photos Miss Eight decided that her unicorn and fairy shadow scene needed some stars.
Miss Eight used PicMonkey to add these stars to her scene.
The girls put this combination together – a felt fairy house with a porcelain snail trinket box and fairy figurine.
Miss Five loved the idea of the rabbit talking to the unicorn:
We were keen to see the horses mane as a shadow and this inspired us to experiment with textures and patterns in shadows (more on that in an upcoming blog post)
This was a collaborative scene put together by all three children.
Master Six used his boat money box and a Lego figurine to create this scene:
Coming up with ideas for creating shadow scenes has been lots of fun and proving very addicitve. They make for a great source of inspiration for storytelling too.