On Groundhog's Day I discuss things pertaining to the groundhog and his shadow. As an added treat I make silhouettes/shadows of each student with the overhead projector, black construction paper, and chalk. I laminate, cut, and send home for Valentine's gifts. Parents and students love these priceless gifts!
Ground Hog Puppet
Too late for this year, but using tacky glue, have child find center of a 2" pom-pom ball, drop a bit of glue and insert a tongue depressor. Have child spread the ball for the two smaller poms for ears, and find and glue the smallest pom for a nose. Finish with two 1/2 inch eyes. Set aside to dry.
Paint a toilet tissue roll either brown or green or a combo of the two for the ground. Let dry.
When both are dry, the pom-pom puppet goes inside his 'burrow' (the tp roll) and pops out to see his shadow by the child's manipulation of the tongue depressor!
Our puppets turned out so cute! They really looked like little bear heads, or monkey heads, by the way they glued on the ears!
Needs: Flashlights, white and black construction paper
Talk children about Ground Hog Day and shadows. Tape white paper onto the wall and have children hold their hands in front of it while shining the flashlight on to create a shadow print. Trace their outline shadows. You can also let them sit in a chair and trace the outline of their heads.
Take a foam cup and paint outside in glue. Cover with either sand or brown construction paper. Take a Popsicle stick and glue a brown pom pom on the end. Put some googly eyes on the pom pom Make a small slit in bottom of cup and put the popsicle stick in the slot. The "groundhog" will now be able to peek out of the hole to see his shadow.
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For Groundhog Day we made shadow pictures of each child. Use a bright light at the level of the child. Have each child stand sideways next to a piece of paper mounted on a wall, and trace his/her silhouette. Have the children take turns trying to trace other children's shadows.
For added exploration of shadows, experiment by having the light source further or closer and by having the child stand closer or further away from the paper. Encourage the children to observe and to articulate what happens to the shadow. Also observe what happens to shadows when the room is darker or lighter. This can be a fun introduction to the science of light.