In this post I’m going to give you a collection of playful learning activity ideas using colour, light, shadows and reflection with children. I’m also going to share a selection of possible learning outcomes and opportunities available to children when educators and parents provide play based activities and experiences in this early learning area
As educators and adults we tend to see colour, light, shadow and reflection as everyday basic concepts we often take for granted. But for children, the playful learning activities we use to introduce light can turn a simple concept into an amazing one!
You’ll find lots of ideas and inspiration throughout this post to help you plan your own amazing light, colour, shadow and reflection experiences. Ready to explore? Let’s do this!
How to encourage learning with colour, light, shadow and reflection...
We’ve found more simple activities for you to try below - just click on the links to visit each one for more details about how to play!
There are so many playful, everyday ways to learn with colour - you would be reading all day if I tried to list them all here! If you need more inspiration though make sure to visit the activity ideas we have collected for you below.
Make your own rainbow sensory balls for play!
Fine Motor Colour Mixing
Sensory Sand Art
Toddler Cooking with Cornflour Paint
We’re going on a Goopy Bear Hunt…..Fine Motor Sensory Fun!
Explore reflection with babies and toddlers when reading the book....
My First I See You by Eric Carle
Inviting Imagination into Outdoor Play with Facepainting
Fine Motor Recycling Fun with Foil!
Exploring Colour & Texture Outdoors with Window Blocks!
Are you ready to introduce ‘light’ to your program and share your own playful learning activity ideas using colour, light, shadows and reflection with your children?
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A Little About Me
Jodie Clarke is an early childhood professional supporting educators who want and need to stay passionate about the work they do! She has 30 years hands-on experience in the early childhood and human services sectors across many different roles.
Jodie is mum to 3 in Australia and has already helped thousands of educators with their work through her popular blog posts, activity ideas, online training and e-books.
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