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Exploring Light In Kindergarten
9 Jan, 2016. 2 Comments. . Posted By: Kristen Smith

During our unit, we learned that when you shine light into a prism, you can see a rainbow. My students explored shining light into our prisms but wanted to see more rainbows in our classroom. Lucky for us, that very day one of my students found a HUGE stick on the playground at recess. I asked my students if we should bring it in to create a light mobile and they were VERY excited to begin the process!!

We started with painting the stick. (Notice they started out painting it a rainbow!)

Students in this kindergarten class created a light mobile to try to capture and produce rainbows in their classroom! Students in this kindergarten class created a light mobile to try to capture and produce rainbows in their classroom! Students in this kindergarten class created a light mobile to try to capture and produce rainbows in their classroom!

Then, once it dried, I set out a few cups containing different types of beads and objects. I also included craft wire and scissors. My students decided how long of a piece of wire they wanted and which beads they wanted to add. They worked hard selecting the objects they thought would reflect the most light.

Students in this kindergarten class created a light mobile to try to capture and produce rainbows in their classroom!Students in this kindergarten class created a light mobile to try to capture and produce rainbows in their classroom!Students in this kindergarten class created a light mobile to try to capture and produce rainbows in their classroom!Students in this kindergarten class created a light mobile to try to capture and produce rainbows in their classroom!

They worked so very hard on this activity and it has brought in many older students who came to admire their art project.

My favorite part of this project was on Friday. We were sitting down during our closing circle and one of my students said, “Miss Smith, I just LOVE our mobile. It is so very beautiful.” To which the rest of the class chimed in with lots of “yeahs!” and “I love it too.”

Click here to read about the rest of our light activities.

Exploring light in a kindergarten classroom

Page One (The Light Exploration Begins)

Page Two (Students Explore Shadows)

Page Three (Students Create A Light Mobile)

Page Four (More Activities During Our Light Unit)

2 Comments
  1. Joanne -

    Thank you for such a detailed post. Your pictures are beautiful and this whole unit is very inspiring. I am looking forward to trying as many of these ideas as I can when we do our light unit this spring.

2 Comments

  • Joanne -

    Thank you for such a detailed post. Your pictures are beautiful and this whole unit is very inspiring. I am looking forward to trying as many of these ideas as I can when we do our light unit this spring.

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