It’s February 2nd the day to celebrate groundhogs!
- sing a groundhog’s day song (Jack Hartmann’s It’s Groundhog’s Day)
- learn more facts about groundhogs (Groundhogs for Kids from Socratica)
- listen to a groundhog story (Gretchen Groundhog, It’s Your Day! by Abby Levine)
- draw a picture of a groundhog (Art for Kids Hub, How to draw a cartoon groundhog)
- watch Punxsutawney Phil predict the weather for 2021
Today is also a great day to learn about shadows! If it is a bright sunny day where you live, go outside and trace shadows with sidewalk chalk. You can go outside again later and see if the shadows have changed! A fun way to do this is to trace your child’s feet and then trace their shadow, later go out and stand in the feet outline… does your shadow still fit in the outline?
If it is too cold, ok like here in my town there is too much snow to do this activity outside today. But that does not mean you can’t play with shadows! Build something with Lego blocks, use dolls or action figures, or use other toys. Stand them on a white piece of paper and use a light to cast a shadow. Using a flashlight, you can change the length and direction of the shadows just as the sun does as the earth rotates.