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Groundhog Painting and Shadow Observations

With just a few more days until Phil delivers the news about the seasons, I thought it would be a great time to make some groundhog art!  My son also seems to be fascinated with his shadow.  While on walks, playing in the yard, or even driving in the car he points out shadows.  It's a great opportunity to talk about the sun,  make observations, and why not mix in some paint.

This is one of my favorite pictures of him and his shadow sidekick!

For this project simply search Google Images for a groundhog printable that suits you.  Print and cut.  For older children have them trace the groundhog on a piece of black construction paper.  The black piece will be the groundhog's shadow.

I also searched Google Images for a flower and a snowflake.  After Punxsutawney Phil comes out on Saturday we can circle our snowflake for more winter, or flower for soon to be spring.

Now it is time for finger painting.  Of course my son's favorite part!
Can't you tell that boys are attracted to mess!

Our finished product looked something like this.  An easy activity that mixed art and science!  A win-win for this mama!  Talk to children about where they should place the shadow.  With a quick field trip to the school yard or backyard, they will quickly see that shadows are all around them!

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