Flashlight! by Lizi Boyd


I LOVE this book! I bought it a few years ago for an electricity unit we were doing, but never actually got to use it. This week, however, I had half my class out with illnesses and thought it was a great time to read it and do an activity with it.


By Lizi Boyd

Inside a tent it’s cozy. But what is going on outside? Is it dark? Is it scary? Not if you have your trusty flashlight! Told solely through images and using a spare yet dramatic palette, artist Lizi Boyd has crafted a masterful exploration of night, nature, and art. Both lyrical and humorous, this visual poem—like the flashlight beam itself—reveals that there is magic in the darkness. We just have to look for it. (Amazon)

After reading and discussing the book, students were asked to create their own flashlight scene.

Here is how we did it.


black construction paper

white construction paper

white colored pencils

colored pencils




I had each student decided on a location- some chose their bedroom, their backyard, the woods and even their classroom. Once decided I had them draw themselves on the black paper using the white colored pencil.

They then created a small flashlight using scraps of paper. One student chose to make a candle and another a headlamp instead. I love how they think outside the box. They then glued the flashlight on their hand in the drawing.

I pre-cut the “light” for the students so all they had to do was glue it on as if it is coming out of their flashlight. I have included a stencil for the light. Simply click on the stencil to download.

Students then drew what the flashlight showed with colored pencils and what was outside the light with the white pencil.  The results varied so much, but they were all great and really showed each child’s personality.


 We did not do any writing with this activity although it would be easy to have students write about their scene and what they saw using their flashlights. I have added a few different writing templates to go with this activity if you would like them. Click here to download the free template.

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One thought on “Flashlight! by Lizi Boyd

  1. Such a wonderful and wordless picture book!! Though it has no words, it is a pack of plenty of emotional wallop. We along with my two girls personally enjoyed the dark illustrations with the hidden objects in the stream of the light beam. The art is beautiful, full of things to discover in the darkness. The illustrations really make me feel in the forest. Also, gave me the magical experience of the darkness.
    I would suggest to my friends to read it at night and with a flashlight in order to have a n awesome experience of surprises in each page. Perfect for children who are scared of darkness.
    Yes, the black and white world helps them to explore curiosities of nature in the dark.

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