Flashlight Play

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In this activity, young learners will explore light and darkness through flashlight play. Adults can talk with, and encourage, young learners to describe objects, make predictions, and discuss notable differences. Activity includes multiple prompts for caregivers to consider as ways to explore with their infant or toddler.

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
Under 5 minutes

Learning Time:
10 to 30 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
$1 - $5 per group of students

Age Range:
Ages 4 - 8

Resource Type:


Materials List (per group of students)

  • Flashlight
  • Dark or dim area


  • Life Sciences
    • Human Senses and Perception
  • Physical Sciences
    • Vibration and Waves
      • Light and Optics

Informal Categories

  • Games


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Access Rights:

  • Free access


Source Collection

  • Discovery At Home


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