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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!

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

Next, trace your favorite animal. When you’re done tracing, go back and add details like stripes, spots or teeth. Make sure to create an environment, 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.

Timing makes all the difference in this activity. A clear day, obviously, is best. My kids had little patience for clouds. Also, 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.

Tip: Trace from the opposite side, or you’ll cover the shadow. Sounds obvious, but the kids needed to be reminded of this 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 crayon on black paper, try tracing with colorful markers or crayons on a large sheet of white paper, too. Scale (size) and color add variety!

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

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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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