It’s almost Groundhog Day! I love this little holiday, and today as I looked through holiday books, I found the book, Gregory’s Shadow, by Don Freeman.
I find books like this at book sales and put them in our personal library for easy access when needed. In this wonderful world of information, I look up activities and even printables online. Here are a few that I found to go with this sweet, little book:
Live Oak Media offered a simple pdf with discussion questions, vocabulary, and activity ideas to go with the book. I personally liked the idea about making shadow puppets.
- Explore this online lesson and game with your students: Light and Shadows
- The Kennedy Center offers a lesson plan for older students: The Science of Shadow Puppets
- Martha Stewart offers printable shadow puppets.
- We may keep it simple though and explore the hand shadows we can make on the wall by using ideas from Hand Shadows by Henry Bursill.
I also found an official groundhog website that is packed with ideas and activities for all ages. We will probably try our hand at making Thumbprint Groundhogs using their free printable. I just went ahead and printed 4 copies as soon as I found it!
These simple activities will probably be just enough to enjoy a celebration and educational moment. Sometimes I am overwhelmed by the things that can be done, but it always best to keep it simple. This is after all an extra, not an essential. AND, I want to have my children begging for more!
Hope you can also use these ideas to make a memory with your children! If you want more ideas, make sure you visit my Pinterest board to see my collection of other ideas to pull from another time….or ideas I can use when they are begging to learn more!