|Doomed to sit on the toilet lid!
In our house this statement means that one of the kids has found something that lights up or glows! Our downstairs toilet is the only place where you can achieve near total darkness without having to squeeze yourself onto a shelf in a cupboard, and is therefore the place of choice for experimenting with light. On the most recent occasion it was a toy Spiderman, whose web looked like it was made from the same stuff as the luminous stars on the boy's bedroom ceiling, but all sorts of other things have spent time in there despite the fact there's barely room to wave a glow stick let alone wield a lightsabre!
|Glow stick frenzy
|Exploring the woods after dark.
|With my trusty torch I can make it through.
We often go to a local stately home, which has a wonderful park and an adventure playground. The playground gives them the thrill of climbing really high and sliding down massively long slides, but the place that definitely makes their adrenaline pump is a dark cave/tunnel behind a waterfall at the far end of the grounds. At the mid point it is totally pitch black and you have to feel your way along the walls. The boys always go through it with their torches first, but recently the challenge has then been to get through without switching on!
|Zac letting the glitterball catch the sun.
You can experiment with natural light too. Reflecting sunlight off a shiny surface to make a little "fairy" fly around the room kept the boys entertained for ages trying to catch it. Zac loved an old disco ball that made it seem like we were in a snowstorm when the sunlight caught all its tiny mirrors; and seeing light refracted into rainbow colours through a glass or prism seems really magical.
|We made a baby rainbow!
|What am I?
So before the days lengthen out and darkness becomes harder to find, why not give them a torch and see what they can find out about light and dark.