We had a great time making shadows on groundhogs day. Groundhogs Day is a great time to explore shadows.
We have a great little groundhog pattern available at Printables! Print it out, add color, tape it to a craft stick. Send the kids under a table that has paper draped over one side, with a big bright flashlight. Does the groundhog see his shadow?
Kaplan Early Learning Company has this great blog post on making shadows on groundhogs day or any day.
Making Shadows on Groundhogs Day
These little shapes are just stencils taped to craft sticks. Cut shapes from black construction paper so they look more like shadows. A big 9 volt flashlight propped up in a clear plastic shoe box will shine light right where needed. Simply drape a large sheet of paper over a little table. The kids love climbing under tables anyway, this just gives them a purpose.
A couple little chairs invite the audience to watch the shadow show. Make sure each child gets a turn to do both.
The kids learn quickly how to make the shadows interact. More shapes can be made with only the kids hands and fingers.
Disney Shadow Video
My Shadow by Robert Louis Stevenson
These are the items you need to make a peek-a-boo groundhog.
First you need this free pattern on Printables!
A strong flashlight in a darkened classroom makes for great preschool fun.
Here I draped a large sheet of paper over the back of an adult chair. I tapped pre-cut shapes of people and animals and to craft sticks. I propped a big flashlight on a box and the kids took turns climbing under the chair making shadows.
This time we took our big flashlight to the gym, turned out the lights, turned on lively music, and had fun shadow dancing. i love this picture!
So it’s the first week of February, how’s that New Year’s resolution going? I’ve found some helpful sites in my search for online motivation (read- procrastination). Here they are:
Mommavation is a blog that includes weight loss advice among many other topics. While it targets women with children, the advice is universal. I like the advice on organic grocery shopping.
Shape has a nice new years resolution challenge to keep us going. Join their free challenge for daily motivation and a chance to be featured in Shape!
Karma Tube has it all. Watch videos, be inspired, do something. The videos can inspire random acts of kindness. Watching others doing amazing things will motivate us to do what we can too!
That Inspires is a nice collection of videos of random acts of kindness, corporate do-gooders, and good Samaritans.