This simple activity visually records the movement of the sun and the shadow it casts during various times in the day. Materials An object (We went with an outdoor plant) Paper (We used watercolour paper) Drawing tools (We used oil pastels) Optional Watercolour paint Water Container Paint brush/tool We always find these items helpful too: Smock Craft tray Directions Chose a location that won’t be disturbed. We went with the top of an outdoor picnic table. Position your paper and set your object in the centre. Using your pastel, outline the shadow that is created. We used a different colour for each time that we did this so that the changes would be clearly indicated. We did this at specific times: 9:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m., 3:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. Do you notice anything about the pattern you have created? Optional Don your smock. Dilute your watercolour paint according to the directions on the package and apply a wash over your project. Allow to dry overnight. Lightly write the date in the corner of your work and if you like add a small note of the time near each line or record this on the back. Pop your work into a frame. Extensions Investigate: How was the sun used to tell time? How does a sun dial work? Purpose Understanding that the sun moves throughout the sky during the day. Undertanding that the position of the sun affects where and how a shadow will be cast. Safety Notes We suggest that you wear a smock and use a craft tray to protect your clothing and surfaces. When outside, be sure to wear proper sun protection: hat, sunscreen etc. We suggest that store your drawing tools inside in between recordings as they may melt depending on the material and the temperature where you live. Please like & share: Leave a Reply Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published. Name* Email* Website Comment Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email.