I got the schematic for the flashing circuit from steven123654's instructable which can be found at:
I have since modified the circuit to include a light dependant resistor that is used as a momentary switch.
Step 1: The Idea
I found the idea for this circuit on youtube. someone had made a table of LED modules that flashed as they cast shadows on the table. It looked pretty cool but I decided that it would be more fluid looking if there were more individual modules instead of large squares of LEDs all activating at once so I went to work and came up with this circuit.
Here's a list of the recommended parts:
-100K ohm potentiometer
-a 3904 NPN transistor
-22 micro Farad capacitor
-1000 micro Farad capacitor (minimum, I use two caps and one is a 2200 uf)
-a light dependent resistor
-two 1K ohm resistors
-one 100 ohm resistor
-a 555 timer IC
-a bunch of wires to connect it all
I'm pretty sure all of these parts can be bought at RadioShack.
If you already have the stuff check out the schematic on the next page to get started.