Check out this easy and fun shadow drawing art activity. You will love how simple and easy this DIY art craft is for kids. If you want a simple but fun activity this is one to try. Grab some toys, I used Dinosaurs and they were the perfect shadow tracing item.
Shadow drawing is a super easy activity you can do indoors or even outdoors. Grab some paper, a pen or pencil, and some animals, dolls, etc. Then set it up, and let your kids trace around the shadow.
They will have a blast learning how to trace and create the shapes of animals or objects they are tracing.
Why Do This Shadow Drawing Art Activity
- Super quick set up
- Costs pretty much nothing – if you have items on hand
- Great for following directions and mastering tracing
- Little kids will have a blast
- Can color and cut out to make puppets, etc.
What Do You Need
- Pencil or Marker
- Plastic Animal Toys
How to Make Shadow Art
You could use a flashlight lying on the ground or the late afternoon sun streaming through the window or outside as your light source to create the shadow. Lay the thicker paper or cardboard on a flat surface and arrange the plastic animal toys (We used dinosaurs!) in a row at the edge of the cardboard.
Then, all you have to do is trace the shadow! You can either leave them on the paper and color ro cut them out.
What To Do With Shadow Cut-Outs
You can color them in or cut them out and make your own puppets. Plastic farm animals, zoo animals, or dinosaurs work super well! This is just a fun way to enjoy the sunshine and at-home fun without getting out doors.
If you have a day that is nice out, go out and enjoy some sunshine if you want.