In this activity, children will discuss the many different
sources of light that are available to help them see at night.
Then they will draw a picture of themselves using a source of
light during the night.
WHAT YOU NEED
- Black, pale yellow or white construction paper
WHAT TO DO
- Talk with children about the importance of light. (Without it
we could not see.) Then brainstorm a list of the many different
sources of light that help people see at night, such as lamps, flashlights,
car headlights, the moon, candles, fire, etc. Record children's suggestions
on a piece of chart paper.
- Next, tell children that they are going to draw a nighttime picture of
themselves using a light to see in the dark. Pass out the black construction
paper and have each child cut a large circle out of the middle. (The circle
needs to be large enough for them to draw a picture inside of it.) Pass out
the yellow (or white) construction paper and have children glue the two pieces
together, making sure that the edges align.
- Now children are ready to draw. Explain that they can draw on the lighter
colored paper, which represents the area lit up by whatever light they draw in
the picture. Remind them that they can refer to the chart paper if they need help
- When children are done, have them share their pictures with the class. Shut off
the lights and darken the classroom. Then shine the flashlight on each child as he
or she explains his or her picture.
- Bring in candles, flashlights, or some other light source. Have children draw a
picture of the classroom in its usual lighting. Then have them draw the classroom
lit only by the candles, flashlight, etc.
- Have children tape together a piece of black construction paper and a piece of
white construction paper. Explain that they are going to draw a special picture of
their home. On the white paper they are to draw what their home looks like during the
day. On the black paper they should draw what their home looks like at night. When
they are done, have children share their drawings with a friend.
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