Wednesday, December 17, 2014

30 Second Christmas Science - Light And Shadow


After driving around town to view Christmas lights, we came home inspired to explore, and play with light, and shadow.

The first thing we needed was a couple of green and red lights.  We have plenty of colored finger lights, but all of our greens were burned out, or had dead batteries, or a loose wire, or something...


...so we grabbed a flashlight, and colored the lenses with red and green washable markers, instead.  We used a flashlight that had a double light, but you could just as easily use two separate flashlights, one colored red and one colored green.  The washable marker wipes right off, with a dry cloth, when you're done.

When you shine a red, and green light, together, on a white wall (or in our case, the top of a white, washing machine), the light appears to be white, at least in the center.


But, an object held between the lights, and the wall will cast very Christmassy, red and green shadows - perfect for holiday themed shadow puppets.


Shining the red and green lights, together, down into a clear, glass bowl filled with water...


...produces a pattern of concentric circles, in an alternating red and green pattern, that flutes out, and changes when the water is disturbed.


And, shining the lights, together, through the sides of the bowl, creates a moving...


...shimmering...


...northern lights kind of effect on the wall, which I'm sure we would have explored further, had I not been alerted by the glowing green light behind the light show...


...that the washing machine was done, and ready for the next load.

Christmastime or not, laundry isn't going to do itself.

4 comments:

Ticia said...

Sigh laundry, it really won't do itself.

An Almost Unschooling Mom said...

Ticia - I'm thinking, maybe if we had given the gnome-bot arms...

Angelic Scalliwags said...

If you ever do give the gnome-bot arms and it does happen to work out with the laundry, do let me know. I could do with any help I can get...

maryanne @ mama smiles said...

I love your light experiments.