Nice Shades! How Light and Color Affect Sight

Nice Shades! How Light and Color Affect Sight Activity

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When Corey Hart sang that he'd wear his sunglasses at night, he might have just been curious about how color and light affect the way we see things. This engaging activity will guide you and your child as you make your very own pairs of snazzy shades, complete with lenses of different colors. When your child walks outside sporting these shades, she'll experience first-hand how sunlight works with color to create a fantastic new world of perception! This activity inspires your child to learn about science and the natural world, all while fostering a sense of fun and creativity!

What You Need:

  • 1 pair of sunglasses
  • 4 sheets of cardstock
  • 4 sheets of cellophane, in 4 different colors
  • Pen or pencil
  • Scissors
  • Scotch tape
  • Notebook

What You Do:

  1. Place down a piece of cardstock horizontally, and then put a pair of sunglasses face down on the middle of the cardstock. Use a pen or pencil to trace around the two eye pieces and nose bridge of the frames.
  2. Turn the frames onto their left side and trace the ear piece, making sure to connect it to the eye piece part of the frame on the appropriate side, and then turn it over and trace the ear piece on the right side. You should end up with a template that resembles 3-D paper glasses laid flat.
  3. Cut out the sunglasses template, then cut a hole in each eyepiece for the lenses. Fold the ear pieces back and make sure the glasses are a good fit. Do this four times until you end up with four separate frames, one for each color of cellophane.
  4. Place the frames face down on a sheet of cellophane, and trace the holes you cut for lenses onto the cellophane. Put the frames aside and cut the cellophane slightly larger than the traced shapes. Repeat this process on each sheet of cellophane.
  5. Attach the lenses to the glasses by taping them onto the inside of the frames, covering the lens-holes.
  6. Put your glasses on, and you're ready to go! Go outside and help your child choose a spot that has lots of different objects to observe. Hand her the notebook so she can keep track of the observations.
  7. Pick a few objects to observe and describe. Start by having your child describe what the objects look like without any glasses on.
  8. Then use each pair of glasses to examine and take notes of the same object, and make a special note of which color lenses your child was wearing as she observed it.
  9. Compare the notes and see how color changed your perception throughout the activity! This fun scientific project is the perfect way to help your child practice her science skills in a fun, relaxed way.
Updated on Jun 27, 2013
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