Allow your child to explore lights and shadows using a flashlight. Show them what happens when they move the light closer to the wall or farther away. What happens if they put something in front of the light? How dark does it have to be to see the flashlight? Your kids will make endless discoveries with flashlights.
Kids also love to play flashlight tag. This can be done indoors but it is a fantastic outdoor summer activity, too.
- A marked off area for playing
- Choose a person to be "it" and a place to be base.
- The person who is "it", counts while standing on base while the other players hide. The kids hiding can move around during the game.
- The person who is "it" searches for the other players with a lit flashlight while the players try to reach base before getting caught.
- To catch a player, "it" must shine the flashlight on the player and call their name. The tagged players must go to base and wait until all of the remaining players are caught or reach base.
- The last player caught is "it" for the next game.
- Play flashlight tag in a dark house at night or in a safe place outdoors when it’s dark.
- Lay in a dark room and ask your child to shine the flashlight on a specific object.
- Point the flashlight's light at a space on the floor, have your child step on it as you move the light around the room.
- Use the flashlight to write letters on the ceiling and see if your child can guess the letter.