We had a great time making shadows on groundhogs day. Groundhog 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?
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.
This is our Preschool Winter Olympics. Our preschoolers are having a great time competing and winning silver and gold medals.
Let The Games Begin!
Our torch is just a paper towel tube covered in foil and stuffed with orange and yellow tissue paper.
Simplest art project ever! Five paper towel tubes in 5 plates of paint. Red, yellow, blue, black and green. Let the kids dip and print!
Pre cut the center of paper plates away, so you have just the outer ring left. Set up five stations where each kid paints a ring of each of the 5 Olympic Ring colors. When they’re dry cut each one so that you can inter lock them like the actual Olympic Rings.
Little feet wrapped in waxed paper slide across carpet like ice.
Rubber bands hold the waxed paper loosely around their ankles.
This is a common scooter rolling on a very old slide from a climber maybe as old as the 70’s lol. We set it up on a huge wedge mat. Not many schools will have just this combination of items to replicate this. Our Olympians love this so much I had to share!
Indoor “ice” hockey. Our kids are 3-4 so we play one-on-one hockey. Too many sticks becomes dangerous. This year we’ll remember the waxed paper “skates”.
Bring Home The Gold (or silver)
Cut a 3-4 inch circle.
Wrap the circle in foil. I was unable to find gold foil so we have silver medalists this year.
Add red, white, and blue crape paper.
Just tape the ribbon onto the back. They’re not real! lol
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!