Shadow Tracing Toys

This simple afternoon-sun activity requires only two craft supplies: a white crayon and a piece of black paper, plus toys! ☀️ 🖍️

Shadow Tracing your toys with just two supplies: white crayon and black construction paper!

Shadow Art with Kids

We started by collecting all the toys we thought would make a great shadow. This was A LOT, so we eventually simplified our collection to include just animals! Our favorites were the tiger and the large dinosaur!

Next, trace your favorite animal. When you’re done tracing, go back and add details such as stripes, spots, or teeth. Make sure to create an environment for your animal, too. Our tiger is stalking prey in the grasslands.

Draw an environment for your toy animal using shadow tracing outside.
Make artwork by tracing your toys outside - shadow tracing. Like this dinosaur.

The timing makes all the difference for this activity.

A clear day, obviously, is best. My kids had VERY little patience for clouds. ☁️

Also, we found that the late afternoon sun creates the best shadows. Although, our youngest still just enjoyed tracing around her toys, as she didn’t care much about the shadow part.

Parent Tip:

Guide your children to trace their toy from the same side as the shadow, or they’ll literally cover their toy’s shadow. We found that our kids needed to be reminded of this tip a few times!

Trace your toys, like a dinosaur, in the afternoon sun. Simple get outside art craft for kids.

Change it up:

Although we love the dramatic look of white crayons on black paper, try tracing with colorful markers or crayons on a large sheet of white paper, too. Remember to experiment with scale (size) and bright colors; they add variety!

Explore the shadows that your toys make in the afternoon sun; simple art project outdoors.

Are you stuck inside on a rainy day, or even having a particularly rainy week or season?

If your weather is not cooperating, try adapting this outdoor Toy Shadow Tracing activity to an indoor activity using a bright lamp inside your home instead of waiting for the perfect sunshine and shadows outside.

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This simple afternoon-sun activity requires only two craft supplies: a white crayon and a piece of black paper, plus toys!
This simple afternoon-sun activity requires only two craft supplies: a white crayon and a piece of black paper, plus toys! We also pulled out a pad of big paper! Get outside, get some sunshine and make art! #outdoorplayforkids #homeschool #art #elementaryart #preschoolart #shadow

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