Stacey, from North East England, sent in this great idea. Let’s take a look at it…

What did you do?

This is a fun and super simple activity!

First you create a background. We ripped papers in yellow and gold colours to represent an African sunset.

Then you choose something to create a shadow. We chose a plastic toy giraffe. You need to do the next part outside to create a shadow using the sun!

Place you object on or close to your background till a shadow is created.

Then draw around the shadow and shade it in to create your shadow art.

For older children it’s interesting to do this in the same spot outside at different times of the day to see how the length of shadows change depending on the suns position in the sky.

It works really well until the sun moves behind a cloud! So pick a nice sunny day.

Do you have any other projects planned?

Our next idea is to create rainbow art using things we find in nature.

Tell the Housebound With Kids community a bit about yourself…

My name is Stacey, I’m a primary school teacher and mum of 2 daughters aged 1 and 4. I’m from the North East of England.

How are you finding being housebound so far?

I’ve enjoyed the majority of my time housebound with my children because the lockdown began the week I was due to return to work following my second maternity leave! It’s meant I have had extra time with my girls and my husband and it’s been precious time. The times I find the trickiest are when both girls want to be entertained but won’t engage with the same activity due to the age difference. It’s getting easier now that my youngest has turned one.

Do you have any tips for other parents?

Get outside at regular points in the day. Even if the weather isn’t great. It gives everyone a breather and some fresh air. Lots of learning and play happens outside organically so seize the opportunity.

Has this website and community helped you?

It’s given lots of fresh ideas to use with the children and it’s supportive to see others doing the same kinds of things at home as us. We’re all in it together.