Something happens when light is used as a play surface or as something which children can manipulate. The boys are fully interested in becoming masters over their world and were very excited when I first offered the projector. I had closed all of the curtains and turned off the light then raised the arm on the machine. The hum from the fan and the contrast between the light and dark areas created quite a stir. Every afternoon we have experimented with what kinds of things we can do with materials we already use in our classroom.
Designs with different textures were created. Patterns and color explorations. They seemed especially interested in how things changed once placed on the top of the projector. Small, round lids seemed to glow as the light passed partially through the plastic and jars and cups became like magic as the glass bent the light.
The projector has added an element to our play and has enhanced our current interests and spurred new ideas. I look forward to seeing how they will use light and shadow in the future as we continue our exploration of this new medium