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Shadow Play for Groundhog Day

Groundhog day is a day all about shadows, one way or another, and a perfect time to have some fun with light and shadow. We’ve all watched videos about very young children discovering their shadow for the first time. Their reactions vary from fear to delight. Older kids take great delight as they play with shadows, both outdoors and inside the house. Sometimes, they too get scared of shadows and parents have to reassure them that they are not seeing monsters but instead something ordinary, like clothes in the closet or a jumble of toys.

shadow play groundhog dayOutdoors gives tons of space for shadow play. For some fun today, if the weather is sunny, kids can discover how to make their shadows long or short. Can they bend their body to make different shadow shapes? Two hands can make a shadow with a pointy head by putting hands together or a shadow with bunny ears using two fingers. When walking along, shadows can bend along walls and fences. Do bodies do that? It’s fun to try and catch each others shadows. Make up stories about shadows and light up the imagination.

shadow play groundhog playInside, one of the most fun things to do is to make shadow puppets with hands and fingers. Some people are so good at making images out of shadows that is almost magical. There are lots of fun videos that show how to make shadow puppets. With a flashlight, you and your child can try a few of these.

shadow play groundhog playThere are wonderful books about shadows. One of the most known is Dr. Seuss, The Shape of Me and Other Stuff. Silhouettes are like shadows and this whole book has images in black that tell a story. In the book, Who Will See Their Shadows This Year? By Jerry Pallotta and illustrated by David Biedrzycki, other animals show their shadows and wonder why the groundhog is famous for his?

For a play-of-the-day what fun can you and your child have with shadow play?

Kindergarten Readiness and Groundhog Day

Besides being the day when winter might be over, Groundhog Day also means something that happens over and over and kindergarten readiness is like that. As parents and caregivers we need to do many of the same things over and over with children do help them learn. What are some of the things that needContinue Reading

Readiness for Kindergarten – Lessons From The Groundhog

February 2 is Groundhog Day. Remember the movie, where the same thing keeps repeating over and over? It’s the same for learning having to repeat something over and over and over again. That’s how the brain establishes connections. For children’s learning we need to do these things over  and over: read books and tell stories andContinue Reading

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