“I follow you around in the light, I say goodbye to you at night, who am I?
Your shadow!!!” ( kinzoo.com )
Have you ever had to give a 5-year-old an explanation as to what a shadow is? I had to do this very talk with my five-year old granddaughter Grace just recently on one of our walks to the park. Shadows in the night frighten Grace and it was time to explain just what this was all about. “There is nothing to fear Gracie”, I said.
Take a look at the swings and the slide and you can see a shadow. Now look to where the sun is in the sky. The swing and slide are blocking the sun from shining in one particular spot on the ground. That is a shadow.
When we stand with the sun behind us, we will be blocking that stream of sunshine or light and we will see our shadow. Any object whether it is living or nonliving can cause a shadow to form. When we are outside in the sunlight, some shadows can be larger than others and this is due to the time of day. In the morning your shadow will be the longest and in the evening the shortest because the sun is changing position in the sky.
Gracie was full of wonder but was very satisfied with Grandma’s answer for now.
I’m sure there will be another question tomorrow!