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?
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.