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The Corner at Home Activities: Shadow Art

By Alarna Zinn | 3 June 2020

Shadow Art

Shadow Art Activity

Hello and welcome to The Corner at Home Activities. Today’s activity is inspired by the exhibition, Big Voices: Children’s Art Matters in celebration of Under Eights Week here at the State Library of Queensland. We are excited to have you join us for Under Eights Week activities from May 22-29. The theme is ‘Play, Playfulness, and Engaged Learners’ - which is perfect, because who are the ultimate experts on PLAY? Children of course!

Big Voices celebrates the courage and creativity of children sharing their stories through art. The exhibition draws from over 2000 Children's artworks from the Dr. Barbara Piscitelli Children's art archive. These pictures tell us stories about children's lives, their rights and their futures. 


Be inspired! Visit the Big Voices: Children’s Art Matters exhibition online at to find the artworks that inspired this activity:

Where I live by Dac Dieu Huong Nguyen
My home by Desley Accoom


Kids - big and little, process complex information when we are engaged in play and having fun, so let’s put on our best imaginative, playful hats together.

Let’s get started! Today, join Nat as she goes on an adventure around the State Library of Queensland in search of shadows! This activity will explore impressions that make up our children’s everyday world in a fun and interactive journey to explore a sense of self identity and discover the spaces unique to them. We will encourage children to document their discoveries by interacting in a fun and friendly open-ended play activity – making suggestions along the way to trace shadows of family members or pets or maybe buildings, trees, a flower in the garden or setting up a play scene with farm animals or blocks.

(Use items that can be found at home)

  • Drawing paper or coloured card 
  • Pencils/paints/textas or crayons for mark making 
  • Sidewalk chalk 
  • Collection of toys – animals, trees, bridges and blocks

Here at the State Library of Queensland we love to hear your stories and ideas. Please share them with us, by using the tag #slqbigvoices or through our Facebook pages.


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