Shadow Drawing Craft

This is a really fun and creative drawing activity to do outside. It reinforces concepts of shapes and patterns.


  • big drawing paper with a drawing surface underneath like cardboard
  • pencils or crayons


Children take their drawing paper and pencils outside. They find interesting shadows on the ground, place the paper under the shadows and trace the lines and shapes. Tree leaves and branches are good. Also good are jungle gyms, chains, fences, etc. They can even trace each other shadows. For expansion, you can discuss how shadows change as the sun moves, eg. When the sun is high shadows are short, when the sun is low, shadows are long. You could also introduce a sun dial.

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