Groundhog Day: Shadow Tracing

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Groundhog Day is coming up soon. Will the groundhog see his shadow? Talk about how shadows are made and show your kids how they can make shadows themselves with this fun shadow tracing activity. If you like this activity, try this Groundhog Day craft.

What You’ll Need:
*White Paper
*Any toys or objects to trace

*Talk about Groundhog Day and how we are waiting to see if the groundhog will see its shadow. How are shadows made? How do our shadows change throughout the day? Go outside. Do you see your shadow? Why or why not? Explain to your child how a shadow is made when an object blocks light. You make a shadow when you block the sunlight. If there is no sun out today, there won’t be any light to block!

*Now try making your own shadows inside using your flashlight as your sun.
*Tape a piece of white paper to the wall.
*Take turns holding the different objects and shine the flashlight behind them onto the paper.

*Use the crayons to trace the shadows that have been created. Add different toys to the picture and make a shadow collage.
*Based on your activity today, do you think the groundhog will see its shadow this year?
*Send us a picture of your kids and their shadow collages we may post it to our site!

Suggested Resources:
*Facts on shadows from Suzy’s world
*Bear Shadow - at

This activity can be found in the Holidays section of our site.