Today is National Flashlight day... who would have guessed?I stumbled across this tidbit of information when looking for flashlight visuals to go along with today's miraculous, magical moments activity ideas. In addition to the safety tips provided in this web post, try the fun activities that follow from Hidden Splendor!
"When : Always December 21
We'd like to shed a little light on this special day. National Flashlight Day arrives on Winter Solstice, which is the shortest day...and longest night.... of the year. "Watt" that means, is that there's lots and lots of darkness. With all of those dark hours, your flashlight is apt to get a good workout.
You never know when you will need a flashlight. National Flashlight Day is a good day to make sure you and your family know where the flashlights are. Test each flashlight, to be sure the batteries are good. When in doubt, replace the batteries with new ones. It is also a good idea to put a flashlight in your car.
Did You Know? The flashlight was invented in 1898 by Joshua Lionel Cowen. However, this wasn't his greatest invention. He also invented the Lionel train."
Flashlight Activity Ideas from Hidden Splendor
Using a high intensity flashlight, turn it on and hold it up to your palm. Look at the back of your hand. What do you see? How well does the light shine through your hand? Will the light shine through a blanket or pillow? Experiment with other items.
Flashlight Constellations and Shapes
Cut out a circle from black construction paper the same size as the lens on your flashlight. Cut out shapes or punch holes in the piece of paper. Try tiny cookie cutters (depending on the size of your flashlight) or make your own creations. Using a small hole punch or an ice pick would also help create fun designs. Tape the paper onto the lens of your flashlight and turn it on. Check out the shapes or constellations you can make on the wall or ceiling.
Light Beams Chase
Dancing Light Beams
Photo Source: http://www.clubhousejr.com/crafts/flashlight-fun
You are in the spotlight!
Catch me if you can!
Revise this game for indoors. Shine a flashlight on furniture and walls and let kids try to "catch" the light spot before it moves or goes off.
Siblings sending messages after "lights out" would also be fun! Parents, build this into your night time schedule. You have more darkness today than any other day of the year!
Since today is the shortest day of the year, it really isn't so late when it gets dark.
So, plan some flashlight fun to occupy the darkness.