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Scavenger Hunt! Understanding Opaque, Translucent, and Transparent


  • Flashlight
  • Wax paper
  • Plastic wrap
  • Tissue paper
  • Styrofoam plates
  • Clear plastic lids
  • Colored plastic lids
  • Any item that can be classified as opaque, translucent, and transparent.


  1. Look around your house for one object made out of wood (opaque), clear glass, (transparent), and frosted glass (translucent). Shine a flashlight beam through each item and observe what happens to the light. Draw a diagram of what you observe.
  2. Once you understand the difference between opaque, transparent, and translucent go on a scavenger hunt of your house! You can gather items then use your flashlight to test them OR you can take your flashlight with you and test the items as you find them.
  3. Compile a list of your findings.
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