Shadow Dancing + Other Flashlight Fun

August 22, 2013

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Images and text by Gabrielle.

Energizer just came out with a new line of LED flashlights (Did you know they made products beyond batteries? I had no idea!), and they sent me 3 different options to try out with my family. I was pretty jazzed about the flashlights because I’ve been actively trying to figure out how to use the plentiful outdoor spaces The Treehouse has to offer — and lighting is for sure a key ingredient.

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When the box arrived, Maude helped me open it and check out the flashlights, then the other kids wandered in and we explored the flashlight features a bit. They’re each unique — one has feet, another has two different light panels, one collapses very small, one can expand and light up a big space, etc. While we were experimenting, I asked the kids what they might use these for.

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Ralph and Olive grabbed the Two-in-One Flashlight and started exploring our jungle-like yard. Ralph would hold it as a traditional flashlight, or if he wanted to illuminate a bigger area so Olive could see better, he’d use the 2nd light panel.

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At one point, they used the tripod legs to set it on branch, shining ahead of them, so that they could explore hands free.

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Maude picked up the Pop Up Lantern and went outside to a favorite reading spot. She hung the light from a branch above her head and read through the sunset.

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When it was even darker, she moved the light to the arm of her chair.

I think this is my favorite of the lights we tried. It has a built-in dimmer, and I like that it collapses and takes up so little space when it’s not being used. I especially like that it offers a big amount of light, but it’s lightweight and much smaller than a traditional lantern — so you can hang it easily.

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Oscar, Betty and June used the Folding Lantern for shadow-dancing in the hallway. Is shadow-dancing a thing at your house, too? It’s a favorite activity after pjs have been put on and before bedtime stories — a great way to run out excess energy at the end of the day.

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The first time we discovered shadow-dancing was back in New York, with our car-headlights against the garage door, and a song blasting from the car radio. But indoor versions are even easier, and they work in any season! We found the Folding Lantern to be perfect for illuminating a big area — I was surprised at how powerful it was, especially considering it has a very compact size.

I’d love to hear: Are you using any LED lights at your house? I’ve become an LED fangirl over the last couple of years — they’re so long-lasting and relatively non-fragile. In France, about 90% of the holiday lights sold in stores are LED. I’m assuming that over the last two Christmases it’s become the same here, but I’ll be curious to see come December.

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{ 9 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Melissa August 22, 2013 at 12:02 pm

This brings back memories of playing flash light tag with kids I babysat long ago, when I was a teenager. I honestly can say we always had a laugh fest while it was happening. You have a great sized family for this. Turn out all the lights in the house, and each child gets a flash light, it’s a bit like hide and seek too, no running, but you go around trying to find others and not get tagged. Rule is, you can’t turn off your light!! It’s a great family game to play when a storm is happening too.


2 Design Mom August 22, 2013 at 12:34 pm

That’s sounds so fun, Melissa! My kids would go nuts for this, I’m sure. Thanks for the suggestion.


3 Robin August 22, 2013 at 1:09 pm

Love the pics!


4 Design Mom August 23, 2013 at 12:07 pm

Thanks, Robin!


5 Gracie August 22, 2013 at 3:19 pm

Pop-up lantern looks to be a neat little gadget. Do you know how big it is?


6 Design Mom August 23, 2013 at 12:08 pm

Good question! When it’s collapsed, it’s about 4.5 inches tall. When it’s expanded, it’s about 8 inches. (I don’t have it in front of me while I’m typing this, so it’s just a guessitimate from my memory.)


7 Christy@SweetandSavoring August 23, 2013 at 7:47 am

Fantastic photos! I love how you captured the kids in motion like that. And the versatility of those flashlights is fantastic!


8 Design Mom August 23, 2013 at 12:09 pm

Thanks, Christy! They were fun photos to shoot.


9 tvmom April 9, 2014 at 12:19 am

what brand are June’s pjs?


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