Exploring Light & Shadow with Infants & Toddlers

infant playing with flashlight
child playing in the dark with flashlight
baby looking at light

Young children sense from birth that shadow is a significant presence and are curious about what they notice when light changes or shadows appear. Teachers can provoke infants and toddlers to explore light and shadow phenomenon that occurs naturally or that is altered by the teacher with natural and human-made light sources. In this session participants will investigate how light, objects, and the environment can inspire curiosity and exploration, develop cognitive skills, and the foundation for STEM habits of mind. Photos and video from classrooms where light and shadow were introduced to young children aged 8 weeks to 30 months will be shared and participants will have the opportunity to explore materials that can be used to introduce light and shadow to infants and toddlers.

Workshop format:  face-to-face

Length of workshop:  3 hours

Number of participants:  limited to 24

To view the experience sheet for this workshop, please click here.

 

Part One:  Young children sense from birth that shadow is a significant presence and are curious about what they notice when light changes or shadows appear. Teachers can provoke infants and toddlers to explore light and shadow phenomenon that occurs naturally or that is altered by the teacher with natural and human-made light sources. In this session, photos and video from classrooms where light and shadow were introduced to young children aged 8 weeks to 30 months will be shared and participants will have the opportunity to explore materials that can be used to introduce light and shadow to infants and toddlers.

Workshop format:  virtual

Length of workshop:  1.5 hours

Number of participants:  unlimited

To view the experience sheet for this workshop, please click here.

 

Part Two:  In this session participants will investigate how light, objects, and the environment can inspire curiosity and exploration, develop cognitive skills, and the foundation for STEM habits of mind. Photos and video from classrooms where light and shadow were introduced to young children aged 8 weeks to 30 months will be shared and participants will have the opportunity to explore materials that can be used to introduce light and shadow to infants and toddlers.

Workshop format:  virtual

Length of workshop:  1.5 hours

Number of participants:  unlimited

To view the experience sheet for this workshop, please click here.