This was a quick, easy, and fun project for my 3-5 year olds, which really got their imaginations running wild!
The corridor outside my art room is illuminated by large round roof-lights, which cast bright pools of light onto the floor and walls on sunny days – perfect for shadow-making!
We took sheets of white paper and wax crayons out into the hallway and the children took it in turns to cast shadows of their heads and hands! I drew around their shadows while they tried really hard to stand still (which was not easy!). Older children would enjoy doing this for each other, but my little ones could not resist moving and fidgeting, so it was tricky even for me to trace the shadows!
The children took their shadow outlines back into the art room and added lots of details like sharp teeth, horns, claws, funny eyes, hair and ears to create their own shadow MONSTERS!
Watch the slideshow to see more shadow monsters…