Friday, April 8, 2011

Is a Shadow always Black?

"Are shadows always black?" a child asks.

A shadow is caused by an object blocking light so naturally it would appear to be black but
translucent objects create colorful shadows! The materials provided in this experience helped this group of children answer their own question. Before they were given the translucent objects they used opaque items which did in fact cast black shadows.

These are transparent colored blocks.
These are adhesive transparent shapes.


  1. When I saw the post heading, I said, well yes, they are always black. Oh, but children ask some of the best questions and open our eyes to other possibilities. Never dismiss their questions---or their answers. Thanks for the post.

  2. This is great! I hope you link this up to my Made by Little Hand Linky Party on Monday!!
    Have a great day!

  3. This is the best way to answer students question. An excellent activity to clear students doubt about shadows.

    Thanks for sharing.

  4. I too read the heading and thought 'yes'. Clearly I need to think a little more outside the box!

  5. This is an awesome question from the child!! And the teacher also help them to found out a good way to get this great answer. Otherwise, I also learn that shadows can have color after i read this post(I always think they are only black before). Thank you!!

  6. Rather than answering the child’s question with mere words, this was a wonderful experiment used to allow the children to create their own answers to their own questions. It’s wonderful to see that with some guidance, children learn best by testing their own theories. It’s also great to see that the through the exploration of an answer, a fun way to learn something new is also offered.

  7. This is an amazing activity for kids. I can't wait to use this in my class.