Me and My Shadow Try-It is a great project to complete during a meeting. This Try-It has everything you need to fulfill one meeting time. Whether or not your troop does crafts at meetings, this time you can get a craft done while earning this Try-It. To earn the Try-it, the girls must complete four activities. Outlined here is a list of activities to complete that include games, crafts, learning, and fun! A girl can complete this Try-It alone, however, it is much more fun to do as a troop in order to play the game.
Set up the following activities to best meet the time constraints for your troop meeting. You can limit the game to any time in order to get all of this in at one meeting time. You can set up the craft first and then do the activities afterward to make sure they have time to complete the craft or you can start the craft and send it home, however you want to do it. Listed below are two different types of crafts relating to shadows. Choose the one you think the girls will enjoy the most or let them decide in a meeting prior to this meeting.
– Each girl gets a shoe box and can decorate the inside with scenery. They can depict a scene from a favorite story, a farm, their house, or anything they desire. You will need shoe boxes for each girl plus plenty of different scrap material to use.
Shadow and Light Plaque
– This may be best for older Brownies as it requires using a hammer and nails. Give each girl an aluminum pie pan and have them draw a simple design inside. Make sure the design is not too intricate because it will not turn out when the holes are punched in it.
– Using different sizes of nails and a hammer, lightly tap the nail to make a hole on the line they have have drawn. Make sure the holes are spaced not too far and not too close.
– When the design is done, they can put it in a window and allow the light to pass through and illuminate their design.
– Shine a light on an object such as a stuffed animal or anything with a shape. Wherever the shadow lands, place a piece of paper in that location. You may have to tape some large paper to a wall to accomplish this.
– Each girl can trace the shadow an object they choose or have them take turns tracing a larger object and complete it as one group.
– If you have never done these before, you might head to a library first to get a book on this.
– Shine a light against the wall and make some hand figures in the light that creates a shadow animal on the wall. Teach the girls some simple ones to try. Ask the girls if they have ever done it before and maybe they can teach the troop some new ones.
– This needs to be done outside on a sunny day. This is a good game to play at the end of a meeting.
– The rules are simple. Tag the shadow rather than the person. The shadow must be tagged with a foot or with the shadow of the person who is “it.”
– This can be harder than it appears because they will have to relate the location of their shadow to their movements in order to tag someone with their shadow. While they are standing there trying to figure that out, the other person has moved.
– Make sure the girls know they can “hide” their shadow (tell them to figure out how), but they have to keep moving constantly. If you have a girl who abuses the shade by running in it the whole time, make a 10 second rule or something. You can only stay in the shade until the count of 10 or whatever.
Completing the 3 shadow activities and one craft will fulfill the requirements for Me and My Shadow Try-It. Throughout the process, it is important to make sure the girls are learning how shadows work and how the angle of the light affects shadows. Tell them to notice their shadow in the morning, in the middle of the day, and in the late afternoon to see how the movement of the sun affects their shadow’s position.