20+ Ideal Light Activities that Are Awesome!

‘Light’ ✨️has always been an interesting topic not only for kids but also adults. 

Scientists like Albert Einstein have spent a huge part of their lives researching πŸ” it. Therefore, I believe it is important to teach little ones about the concepts of light from a young age. 

Albert Einstein is a popular name 🀩 among kids; therefore, it is easy to teach kids about something he is known for.

Moreover, there are endless interesting πŸ‘Œ and magical experiments and activities we can engage in with our kids. These activities not only promise to teach my kids about the magical concepts of light πŸ“– but also help to polish their cognitive 🧠 and motor πŸ’ͺ abilities.

Interesting Light Activities For KidsΒ 

I love to engage in activities where we explore the magic ✨️ of light. My little scientists are always awestruck by the new concepts they learn 🧐 about during these activities.

Read on to discover πŸ” some of the magical experiments and activities we love to engage in.

Learn About Shadows And Lateral Inversion

My little ones love tracing ✍️ activities and are often busy learning how to write πŸ”‘ alphabet.

Teaching my little ones about the alphabet πŸ” , such as ‘S,’ ‘D,’ and similar ones that show lateral inversion, is an interesting concept. Similarly, we also love learning about alphabets πŸ”  like ‘A,’ ‘O’, and similar ones that do not show lateral inversion.

How do we do it? 

I have explained it here in a few simple steps:

  • Firstly, I draw the outlines of various alphabets (capital letters and small letters) in bold on a piece of white chart paper (or cardboard paper). I help my little ones to cut out these pieces of alphabet carefully utilizing a pair of scissors βœ‚οΈ and paint 🎨 them as they like.
  • I use double-sided tape or clips to position these pieces on the glass of my window πŸͺŸ which is receiving bright sunlight. 
  • The shadows of these alphabets fall on the floor, and I ask my little ones to take a tracing paper and place it on the floor such that the shadow is positioned on it.
  • I ask them to trace these shadows using a marker pen or pencil ✏️ at their convenience. 
  • To learn about lateral inversion, we utilized the same cutouts we had prepared for shadow tracing. I ask my little ones to analyze the reflection of the cutouts of these alphabets on the mirror πŸͺž and figure out which ones show lateral inversion and which ones do not.
  • You can also utilize objects or cutouts of numbers πŸ”’ instead of alphabets. Moreover, you can use words containing alphabets that do not show lateral inversion ( for example, you can use the word ‘WAX’) to teach them about the same concept. 

Important Note:Β 

Please make sure your little science enthusiasts don’t injure themselves ❌️ while fidgeting with a pair of scissors.

Make A Pinhole Camera

One of the very classic steps towards learning about the formation of images and how the rays of light ✨️ travel is understanding how a pinhole camera πŸ“Œ πŸ“· works. 

The word ‘camera’ πŸ“· is enough to make kids excited 🀩 for any activity, and the idea of making one takes the excitement to the clouds.

Read on to discover how we make an amazing pinhole camera at home in a few easy steps.

What you need-

Pins πŸ“Œ, filter paper or wax papers, glue or tape, a pair of scissors βœ‚οΈ, cardboard boxes πŸ“¦ (shoe πŸ‘ž boxes or toothpaste boxes will be preferred), candle πŸ•― or a lamp, a cutter or a knife, and a blanket.

Steps: 

  • I utilize the point of a sharp pin πŸ“Œl to punch a hole in one of the shorter (square-shaped) ends of the cardboard box or shoe πŸ‘ž box.
  • My little ones and I carefully utilize a cutter or a knife to cut a square-shaped cutout in the side of the box lying directly opposite at the end across from the pin πŸ“Œ hole. The recommended measurements of the square are about 2 inches or 5 centimeters on each side.
  • My little ones and I utilize a pair of scissors βœ‚οΈ to cut out a square-shaped cutout of filter paper or wax paper. The recommended measurements of the square cutout is about 3 inches or approximately 7.6 centimeters on each side.
  • I position the square cutout of the filter paper or wax paper directly over the square ⬛️ cutout we had previously cut in the box. We stick the edges of the wax paper cutout using glue or tape the edges of the filter paper or wax paper to the square cutout on the box.
  • My little ones and I carry this pinhole πŸ“Œ camera πŸ“· box πŸ“¦ to a room that is dimly lit and switch on a lamp πŸ’‘ or light a πŸ•― candle. 
  • My little ones and I stand at a distance of approximately 5 feet from the candle πŸ•― or the lamp.
  • We cover our heads along with the pinhole πŸ“Œ camera with a covering or a blanket. We take care to make sure that the end of the cardboard box or pinhole camera box πŸ“¦ with the filter paper or wax paper is facing us, whereas the end of the box with the pinhole πŸ“Œ is facing towards the lamp.
  • My little ones and I hold the pinhole camera πŸ“Œ πŸ“· at an arm’s length from our face and aim it at the burning candle πŸ•― or the lamp. 
  • My little ones and I hold the pinhole camera box πŸ“¦ steadily until we are able to visualize an inverted or upside-down image of the burning candle or the lamp.

Important Note:Β 

Please make sure your little ones do not hurt themselves while working with pins πŸ“Œ, scissors, or cutters.Β 

Colorful Shadows

Why only use sunlight for an activity when we can use colorful light, too?

We use translucent pieces of colorful paper and position them on the glass of our windows πŸͺŸ or around light πŸ’‘ bulbs. 

The whole room looks completely aesthetic with various shades of colors. My little ones love dancing πŸ•Ί around in these colorful shadows throughout the day.

Learn About Rainbows

Isn’t it fascinating when light passes perfectly through a drop of clear water πŸ’§, and the formation of a mesmerizing rainbow takes place? 

I love to teach my little scientists about a rainbow 🌈 using a glass prism or by shining light on an old CD πŸ’Ώ too.

Isn’t it magical when we spot a colorful rainbow floating in the πŸ™ sky?

I always find my little ones completely mesmerized when they find a rainbow 🌈 floating in the sky. 

My little ones and I often utilize foam sheets in the shade of the colors of a rainbow by cutting βœ‚οΈ them into small pieces, mixing up all of these colorful in a bowl, and sticking them on a big outline of a rainbow 🌈 with the inner area coated with glue.

We repeat this activity with rainbow-colored cookies πŸͺ , clay, colorful cereals, char paper, ice cream sticks, and

biscuits.

My little ones love to learn about the colors of the rainbow 🌈 ‘VIBGYOR’ ( violet, indigo, blue, green, yellow, orange, and red), and I have a lovely time teaching them about it.

Read Books About Light

Optics has been an amazing πŸ‘ part of physics, and it’s even more interesting for kids.

A ray of light ✨️ can give rise to a colorful rainbow 🌈 is a fascinating wonder for kids. Therefore, I always encourage my little one to keep reading books πŸ“š related to the concept of light.

In fact, there are several excellent πŸ‘Œ activity books that will help little ones clear their concepts about light.

Here are a few books my little ones had a great time reading:

Important Note:

I will advise all parents to carefully go through the contents of any book πŸ“– before allowing their little scientists to read it just to be aware that the contents of the books are suitable βœ…οΈ according to the age group of your little ones.

Flashlight Word Game 

Isn’t it cool to wear a detective’s cap and look for clues in the dark with a flashlight πŸ”¦ in your hands?

Teaching little ones how to utilize a flashlight in the dark is essential and a very entertaining activity.

My little ones and I love playing with a flashlight πŸ”¦ whenever there is a power cut. Read on to discover a few simple steps in which I teach my little ones new words through this flashlight activity.

What you need- 

Flashlight πŸ”¦, cutouts of alphabets, a highlighter that glows prettily in the dark, a pair of scissors βœ‚οΈ, a basket, and a tape.

Steps:

  • I help my little detectives cut out outlines of several alphabets πŸ”‘ from a piece of white chart paper by carefully utilizing a pair of scissors and coloring them with a highlighter that glows prettily in the dark. 
  • I tell them a specific word (for example, PENCIL). I hide or tape the cutouts of the alphabet comprising the word (for example, cutouts of the alphabets’ P,’ ‘E,’ ‘N,’ ‘C,’ ‘I,’ and ‘L’) to various pieces of furniture in a dark room and ask my little detectives to hunt down these pieces one by one using a πŸ”¦ flashlight. 
  • Sometimes, if my little ones are having a hard time searching for the alphabet, I give them additional clues πŸ”Ž leading to the pieces of furniture I have taped the alphabet onto. 
  • For example, if the alphabet is taped to a closet, I draw a diagram of a shirt πŸ‘• and let my little detective brainstorm and find the alphabet.
  • After my little one is successful in hunting down all the alphabets βœ…οΈ, I ask them to put these alphabets together to form the word I told them.
  • Often, I repeat this activity with cutouts of numbers πŸ”’ from 1 to 10 instead of alphabets. 

Important Note:Β 

Please make sure your little science enthusiasts don’t injure themselves ❌️ while fidgeting with a pair of scissors.

Let’s Make A Kaleidoscope

A kaleidoscope is another interesting πŸ€” piece that makes kids drool 🀩 over the magic of symmetry, light ✨️ and reflections. 

My little ones love ❀️ the kaleidoscopes we make at home. Moreover, light does the complete magic to make this activity worthwhile βœ…οΈ for them.

You may be wondering if making a kaleidoscope at home is a tough job 🧐, but let me tell you, it is extremely easy to make one at home. 

Read on to discover how to create an amazing kaleidoscope at home in a few extremely simple and easy steps:

What you need-

Mirrored sheets ( if you want to use mylar sheets for this activity, then make sure to use thick ones), empty toilet paper roll or tissue paper roll 🧻, white papers, colorful straws, colorful marker pens ✍️, stickers, accessories, embellishments, and paint.

Steps: 

  • Firstly, I ask my little ones to paint 🎨 the tissue paper roll or cardboard roll with any shade of color they like and wait until the paint dries up completely.
  • I take the mirrored sheets and cut βœ‚οΈ them up into three strips of equal measurements, keeping in mind that the measurement should be ideal βœ…οΈ for the finished kaleidoscope to fit into the cardboard roll properly.
  • Following this step, I place the three strips of mirrored sheets together in a line ( along the longer sides) with minute gaps in between. We tape these strips together over those minute spaces. Please make sure that the least scratched and shiny ✨️ side is facing downwards when you are taping the strips.
  • Now, I help my little scientists position the mirrored sheets in the form of a triangular πŸ”ΊοΈ prism. We apply tape on the edges of this prism from the top side (outer side) so that the prism retains its shape.
  • My little ones and I place this prism inside the cardboard roll so that it fits properly inside and doesn’t fall out accidentally.
  • Now, I ask my little ones to prepare circular βšͺ️ cutouts using white sheets of paper and a pair of βœ‚οΈ scissors. 
  • Please make sure that the size of this circular cutout is such that it is comparatively bigger than the circular end of the cardboard roll used for making the kaleidoscope. 
  • We utilize colorful marker pens to draw ✍️ several random patterns in this circle, after which I cut a hole or a slit in the center of this circular cutout.
  • We take a colorful straw and tape it on the outer side of the circular end of the cardboard roll such that half of the straw is protruding out from the circular end of the roll. 
  • We insert the circular cutout into this straw by means of the hole or slit in the center. 
  • Our kaleidoscope is ready πŸ™Œ and we spend a lot of time marveling at the wonderful reflections 🀩 seen in it when we rotate the circular cutout carrying designs on the straw. 
  • You can create several circular cutouts with new designs and patterns to visualize a diverse show of symmetrical magic in this kaleidoscope.

Important Note:Β 

Please make sure your little science enthusiasts don’t injure themselves ❌️ while fidgeting with a pair of scissors.

Peephole Box

If your little one is a toddler, then this light activity is ideal for them because they will learn about the importance of light through this simple activity.

What you need- 

A shoebox or cardboard box πŸ“¦, a cutter or a pair of scissors βœ‚οΈ, toys 🧸, and a source of light.

Steps: 

  • I take a shoebox or cardboard box πŸ“¦ and make a slit on the top side with the help of a cutter or a craft knife. 
  • I make a similar slit in one of the sides at a position around the center of the side. 
  • I put my little one’s favorite toys 🧸 inside the cardboard box πŸ“¦ and cover it with the lid carrying the slit.
  • I place the cardboard box in front of an artificial source of light, such as an electric bulb πŸ’‘ or a burningπŸ•― candle. I make sure that the side of the cardboard box πŸ“¦ with the slit is facing towards the source of light. 
  • Now, I place my hands covering the slit to block light ✨ ️ from entering the box and ask my little ones to peek into the box through the slit on the top. 
  • In the absence of light, my little ones complain of not ❎️ being able to visualize their favorite toys inside the box. 
  • Following the previous step, I remove my hand from the slit on the side, allowing light to enter the box πŸ“¦ and ask my little ones to peek into the box again.
  • My daughter often bursts into giggles on noticing her favorite teddy 🧸 inside the box. My kids learn about the impact and importance of light βœ…οΈ through this light activity.

Learn About Light TransmissionΒ 

If you have glasses made up of different materials at home πŸ₯ƒ πŸ₯› 🍸 , then this light activity is ideal for you to engage in with your little ones.

I teach my kids about the concepts of light transmission through different materials by utilizing these glasses.

What you need-

Glasses made up of different materials and a torch.

Steps:

  • I place transparent glass, translucent glass, and opaque glass in a line in front of the wall. 
  • I shine a light on them utilizing a torch πŸ”¦ and ask my little ones to observe the shadows on the wall.
  • If you do not have glasses made up of different materials, then you can add substances of different kinds to create the same effect. 
  • My little ones and I take three transparent glasses. I pour πŸ«— water πŸ’§ in the first one, oil in the second one, and milk πŸ₯› into the third glass.
  • We observe the shadows on the wall formed after shining a torch πŸ”¦ at these glasses and classify the objects as transparent, translucent, and opaque ones.
  • We also observe the phenomenon of the bending of light (refraction) using a glass of πŸ’§ water. I ask my little ones to draw a picture of a sheet of paper and observe it through a glass of water.

Light Source Sensory BoxΒ 

I have a lot of fun teaching my kids about the difference between a natural source of light ( for example, sunlight β˜€οΈ) and an artificial or man-made source of light ( for example, a torch πŸ”¦ or a πŸ•― candle).

This light activity also serves as a promising sensory exercise for kids. Therefore, I will highly recommend this fantastic yet simple activity for little ones.

What you need- 

Cutouts or plastic models of natural sources of light ( for example, cutouts of the Sun 🌞 or stars 🌟 ), cutouts or pieces of man-made or artificial sources of light ( for example, a torch πŸ”¦, a light bulb πŸ’‘ or a πŸ•― candle), vegetable oil, bowls, paper, marker pens, tape or glue, flour, and a container.

Steps:

  • I encourage my little ones to observe and learn about the artificial and natural sources of light by going over a picture book πŸ“– or an activity book.
  • I take a tub or container and fill it up with flour before adding vegetable oil to it to prepare a mixture. 
  • I hide cutouts or plastic models of natural sources of light ( for example, cutouts of the Sun 🌞 or stars 🌟 ) along with cutouts or pieces of man-made or artificial sources of light ( for example, a torch πŸ”¦, a light bulb πŸ’‘ or a πŸ•― candle) inside it.
  • My little one’s job is to search for an item in the tub using their hands βœ‹οΈ and puck out one item at a time.
  • I take two bowls and label 🏷 one of them as ‘Artificial Sources of Light’ while the other is labeled as ‘Natural Sources of Light.’ 
  • My little one is supposed to recognize whether the item they have picked out from the tub classifies as a natural source of light β˜€ ️ or as an artificial one. In accordance with their judgment, they are supposed to place the item in the corresponding bowl.
  • My little ones enjoy a lovely time brainstorming and learning πŸ” about the different sources of light.

Important Note:Β 

Please make sure your little science enthusiasts don’t injure themselves ❌️ while fidgeting with light bulbsπŸ’‘ , torches πŸ”¦, or similar items.

Influence of Light On Plants

I love plants πŸͺ΄, especially the ornamental flowering πŸ’ ones. My garden is decorated beautifully with several plants, and my little ones often help me out whenever I am watering πŸ’§ or pruning them.

We all remember this simple activity we were taught in schools to learn about the influence of light ✨️ on the growth of plants.

My little gardeners and I had planted a sapling 🌱 in a pot and placed it in a tiny room in our backyard with only a single window πŸͺŸ acting as the only source of 🌞 sunlight.

Within a few weeks, we observed that the sapling started growing towards the window πŸͺŸ ( the source of light). The growing stem of our sapling bends towards the sunlight coming in from the room’s window. This light activity will help little ones to understand βœ…οΈ how light influences the growth of plants.Β 

Shadow Puppets 

This light activity is a classic, and I remember enjoying shows when the art of storytelling was carried out using the shadows of puppets or characters formed by hands βœ‹οΈ and fingers.

I often teach my kids how to form the shadow of a deer 🦌 by bringing my little one’s thumb and index finger together to form a shape similar to an eye. 

We have a great time learning πŸ” how to form the shadows of various animals πŸ‡ or objects ✈️ using our hands or craft supplies. 

Sometimes, we put the cutout of a crown πŸ‘‘ on our thumb and interact with each other by means of the shadows of the crowned thumbs on the wall acting like a finger puppet. We also utilize translucent colorful papers to generate an additional effect.Β 

Shadow Dance 

Dancing πŸ•Ί is an amazing activity to bind with your little dancers as well as help them to develop muscular πŸ’ͺ coordination.

During my memorable childhood days, whenever there was a power cut in our neighborhood, we used to light up pretty candles πŸ•― for the period when electricity was absent. 

My friends and I used to be fascinated 🀩 by our shadows taking form on the ground or the wall due to the candlestick’s light. Our shadows used to danceπŸ’ƒ along with us, and we used to have a great time imitating each other’s steps by observing the shadows on the wall.

Now, I love to repeat this light activity with my little dancers ❀️ and the experience is just like replaying my childhood memories.

Glowing Flowers 

My daughter loves flowers 🌷 as much as I do. She always expresses her wish to visualize a glowing flower just like the ones she has read about in fairytales.

My son and I turned into optical magicians and decided to give her a glowing ✨️ flower.

My son was totally awestruck when I told him that it was possible in reality to create a glowing flower πŸͺ· at home using the fundamental concepts of science.

What you need- 

A highlighter that glows beautifully under fluorescent light, a flower ( a flower with white petals will be preferred), a pair of scissors βœ‚οΈ, water, and a container.

Steps:

  • I take my little one’s favorite highlighter pen that glows prettily under the black fluorescent light and empty out its ink in a container πŸ«™ carrying water πŸ’§ ( usually, I prefer to fill up about half of the container with water). 
  • I take a flower 🌸 and cut βœ‚οΈ out the end of the stem diagonally by means of utilizing a pair of scissors or a sharp cutter (to increase the surface area of the stem for absorption of water).
  • I carefully placed this flower in the container, carrying the mixture of water and the highlighter’s ink.
  • After a short period, the flower absorbs the mixture (water and ink) in the container. This mixture containing the ink of the highlighter travels to every part of the pretty flower 🌼 including the petals.
  • Now, this beautiful flower glows magnificently under fluorescent light ✨ ️ and my daughter was elated to get a view 😍 of this magical flower straight out of a fairytale.

Important Note:Β 

Please make sure your little science enthusiasts don’t injure themselves while fidgeting with a pair of scissors.

Candle Magic 

Candles πŸ•― are still a fascinating source of light in the present time. In fact, there are a lot of tricks and experiments that are incomplete without the magic of a candle. This activity is one of the 

My little scientists love ❀️ this light activity and write ✍️ a lot of sweet little letters to their friends during this activity.

What you need- 

A bowl of diluted lemon juice, a few earbuds, papers, and a πŸ•―candle.

Steps:

  • I ask my little scientists to take diluted lemon πŸ‹ juice in a bowl and instruct them to immerse an earbud in it. 
  • I guide them through the process of using this earbud to write ✍️ invisible letters, patterns, or messages on a piece of white paper πŸ“ƒ and keep it aside to dry.
  • Now, I hold it over a burning candle πŸ•― making sure that the piece of paper is exposed to the high temperature of the fire πŸ”₯ (take precautions not to burn down the piece of paper). 
  • The lemon juice on the white paper gets oxidized and turns brown in color on exposure to high temperatures. Following this occurrence, the invisible letters written on the paper using lemon juice are visible when the paper is heated. 
  • My little scientists love writing ✍️ these invisible letters several times for their friends. As a result, they are engrossed and busy with this light activity for a long time.

Starlit Sky In A Bottle

My little scientists are very enthusiastic about the shining stars 🌟 , planets, and the moon. They want to learn how Venus shines so brightly in the sky and where it gets its light from. 

We love this light activity where we make all the planets, the moon πŸŒ™, the Sun 🌞, and the asteroids take form in a transparent πŸ«™ jar. It is a simple yet magical light activity.

What you need- 

Transparent bottles or jars, black paper, pencils or pens, and LED lights.

Steps: 

  • I draw the outline of all the planets, the moon πŸŒ™, the Sun 🌞, and the asteroids on a piece of black chart paper by means of the method of drawing dots with a pencil. 
  • I guide my little scientists to poke holes where the dots are positioned on the black chart paper utilizing the same pen or pencil.
  • Following this step, I usually place this black paper inside the transparent jar πŸ«™ or bottle and put pretty LED lights into the transparent jar or bottle. 
  • My little astronomers put on the LED lights in a dark room. All the elements of the solar system take form in the transparent bottle, with the light from the tiny LED bulbs πŸ’‘ traveling pretty aesthetically through the holes.

Important Note:

Kindly make sure your little scientists do not injure themselves while playing with electricity or LED lights.

Make A Spectroscope

Who doesn’t like to make a spectroscope and visualize all the magical colors of various wavelengths of a rainbow 🌈 straight out of a fairytale?

My little scientists and I love to make a spectroscope at home in a simple yet engaging way. 

Let me tell you that these science activities are a lot more interesting when done together with a particular enthusiasm about the topic. Therefore, making a spectroscope together is an unskippable, delightful opportunity.

What you need-

Empty tissue paper roll 🧻 ( you can also use empty cardboard rolls), a pair of scissors βœ‚οΈ, a blank or old CD πŸ’Ώ, pencil ✏️, small pieces of cardboard, tape, and paint.

Steps:

  • Firstly, I ask my little ones to paint 🎨 the tissue paper roll or cardboard roll with any shade of color they like and wait until the paint dries up completely.
  • Now, I utilize a craft knife πŸ”ͺ or cutter to create a slit close to one end of the cardboard roll. Please make sure that this slit is created at an angle of 45 degrees towards the end of the cardboard roll.
  • Following this step, I created ✨️ tiny peephole or a hole to view the colors 🌈 at a position lying right across the segment of the cardboard roll where I had created the slit.
  • Now, I ask my little ones to trace the outline of the circular end of this cardboard roll on a piece of cardboard using a pencil. I help them to carefully cut βœ‚οΈ out this circular outline βšͺ️ using a pair of scissors.
  • I cut a slit right at the center of this circular cutout of cardboard and taped it to the top side of the cardboard roll ( the side lying opposite to the side where the slit and peephole were created).
  • We placed an old CD πŸ’Ώ in the slit, which was cut at an angle of 45 degrees. Please make sure that the shiny side of the CD πŸ’Ώ is facing upwards when you insert it into the slit.
  • My little scientists and I head out to our lawn to test our spectroscope. My little one holds the spectroscope in a vertical position, with the topside receiving an ample amount of sunlight.
  • We peep through the peephole and marvel 🀩 at the different colors we are able to visualize. 
  • The whole magic of colors lies in a simple scientific occurrence- the spiral tracks or pits of the mirrored surface of the CD πŸ’Ώ diffract light and are spaced evenly, thereby separating the colors. 
  • Ultimately, the mirrored surface causes the light to reflect into my little one’s eyes. You can repeat this activity with artificial or man-made sources of light such as candle πŸ•― light, fluorescent light, or neon light.
  • Let your little one decorate their self-made spectroscope with patterns, suitable accessories, or embellishments if they want to.

Important Note:Β 

Please make sure your little science enthusiasts don’t injure themselves ❌️ while fidgeting with a pair of scissors.

Learn About FirefliesΒ 

The light of fireflies ✨ ️ is one of the most magnificent aspects of nature. I used to love watching fireflies aesthetically ✨ ️ lighting up the dark after sunset during my childhood days.

My son and daughter marvel at these beautiful insects 😍 just as much as I do. We love firefly painting 🎨 as well as creative firefly craft activities.

Recently, my little ones and I prepared a firefly wall hanging using a paper plate. Not only do we love watching fireflies, but we also love to read books about them. 

Here are a few amazing books πŸ“š about fireflies my little ones like to read:

Important Note:

I will advise all parents to carefully go through the contents of any book πŸ“– before allowing their little scientists to read it just to be aware that the contents of the books are suitable βœ…οΈ according to the age group of your little ones.

Light Up A Sky Lantern

Remember the magical ✨️ scene from the movie Tangled where the sky was flooded with beautiful sky lanterns? 

After watching that scene, my daughter often expressed her desire to light up a sky lantern on her own and watch it float away in the beautiful sky πŸŒƒ after sunset. 

Therefore, we decided to fulfill her wish and headed to the terrace after grabbing a few beautiful sky lanterns made up of paper.

My daughter was smiling ear to ear 😊 when we asked her to assist us by holding the lantern in place while we tried to light up the wax using a πŸ•― candle.

These sky lanterns are extremely popular in India during the festive ✨ ️ seasons because these lanterns float away, leaving behind a bag of memories ❀ ️ to be cherished for a lifetime.

Make A Burning Sun

My little scientists are always fascinated by the burning Sun and how the sunlight magically ✨ ️ covers our surroundings at sunrise. Therefore, I decided to create a mesmerizing sun 🌞 for them at home.

I love this creative light activity because the concepts πŸ“– of optics, physics, and astronomy come together beautifully during this amazing activity.Β 

What you need – 

Pretty balloons, rolls of tissue paper, craft glue, butter paper, a bowl of water, paint, and πŸ’‘ an electric bulb.

Steps:

  • My little scientists and I picked an inflated balloon 🎈 that is spherical in shape. We help each other to cover it with lots of tissue paper utilizing a mixture of craft glue and a little bit of πŸ’§ water.
  • We add another layer of white tissue paper 🧻 ( you can also utilize butter paper as a substitute) after the first layer of tissue paper has dried up.
  • I will highly recommend utilizing a yellow-colored spherical balloon along with lemon yellow, orange, golden, or red-colored tissues for this activity. 
  • Whenever we do not have colorful tissues at home, we utilize pretty acrylic colors 🎨 and paint the second layer of the white tissue such that it resembles the surface of the burning Sun.
  • Now, my little scientists and I turn off the lights in the room and hold this Sun made out of a balloon 🎈 in front of an electric πŸ’‘ light bulb. I switch the bulb on, and the mesmerizing glowing ✨️ surface of the Sun 🌞 lights up beautifully in front of us. 
  • You can also add glitter to paint 🎨 if you want an additional glittering effect on the surface of the Sun. We also make a shining moon 🌝 using this light activity.
  • You can also utilize aluminum foil instead of black paper and create figures of various constellations by poking holes with a pencil in the aluminum foil for this activity.

Light Table MagicΒ Β 

Is it possible to discuss everything about light while missing out on shining stars 🌟 and the constellations lighting up the sky every 🌌 night?

Here is a terrific way of creating fantastic constellations with your little scientists. 

We all are aware that geoboard activities are very helpful for boosting the motor and cognitive 🧠 skills of little ones. 

Hence, the idea πŸ’‘ of creating patterns of constellations on a transparent geoboard placed on a light table using elastic is a recommended fine motor activity for little ones.

Light tables are ideal βœ…οΈ for several kinds of light activities such as tracing, learning how to write letters using sand, and even learning about shapes with the help of suitable cutouts.

Shadows and The Sun

Wherever there is light, a shadow must be loitering nearby.

When I was a kid, I used to ask endless questions ❓️ about the ways the position of an individual’s shadow changes throughout the course of the day.  

In school, I used to make a paper plate sundial 🌞 with my friends to understand this concept better. Now, I repeat this sunlight activity with my little scientists.

What you need- 

Paper plates, slender sticks, marker pens, and a very sunny day.

Steps:

  • I guide my little scientists through the process of writing the numbers of a clock ⏰️ as precisely as possible on a circular paper plate utilizing colorful marker pens.
  • My little scientists and I head out to the lawn, and I help my son put about one-fourth of a slender stick into the mud. 
  • I cut a slit in the center of the circular paper plate and positioned it on the ground by passing it through this stick (if you like, you can also utilize a straw for this purpose).
  • Following this step, with a ton of patience, I try my best to educate my little ones about the varying movements of the Sun β˜€οΈ throughout the course of the day.
  • I keep referring to the corresponding changes in the position of the shadow of the stick moving from one marking of a clock on the paper plate to another marking on it.
  • This fantastic light activity will make your little scientists use their brains 🧠 and be entertained at the same time.

Light Monster in the Dark

My son loves this light activity during the snowy 🌨 months of winter. Monsters πŸ‘½ roaming in the snow-covered regions are a rumored topic during the chilly months. 

My little detectives try to track down these light monsters πŸ‘» roaming in our backyard. 

I utilize the snow ❄ ️ lying in my backyard to create the figure of an irregularly shaped monster. You don’t have to worry about carving a perfect shape because monsters rarely have a perfect outline.

I dig out the snow from the point where I intend to make the eyes πŸ‘€ of the light monster and place two glow sticks (I prefer neon colors) in there. I cover up these glow sticks with snow.

As the sky greets the sunset πŸŒƒ, my little detectives πŸ” head out to the backyard stealthily and are delighted to catch these light snow monsters πŸ‘» waiting for them with glowy eyes throughout the dark.

Learn About Traffic Lights

According to me, this activity is a must βœ…οΈ for all the little ones. I never leave my kids unsupervised, but I make sure they are learning the fundamental skills required to conduct themselves with safety measures every day.

One of the important and fundamental lessons is learning about traffic lights 🚦 and how to interpret them while crossing a road.

I make sure to teach my little ones everything about traffic πŸš₯ lights very often so that they don’t forget it over time. 

Here are a few books πŸ“š that will come in handy while teaching kids about traffic 🚦 lights: 

Important Note:

I will advise all parents to carefully go through the contents of any book πŸ“– before allowing their little scientists to read it just to be aware that the contents of the books are suitable βœ…οΈ according to the age group of your little ones.

Conclusion 

These activities focusing on light ✨️ are extremely beneficial for my little ones in several ways. 

Some of these activities promise a lot of fun 🀩 while the other ones come along with lessons about the intriguing concepts βœ…οΈ about light.

Tell me in the comments below πŸ˜‡ which light activity is your little one’s favorite one. 

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