Here's one of our favorite songs this week. I'm not sure where the song originally came from.
Sung to the tune of I'm a little teapot.
Here's a little groundhog, furry and brown.
He's coming up to look around.
If he sees his shadow, down he'll go!
Then six more weeks of Winter! OH NO!!
For the song we make one hand into an open fist and place the other hand inside. Raise up a thumb for the little groundhog as he looks around and pretend he sees his shadow and quickly pop your thumb back down into the fist. The children yell out "Oh No". Very cute!
In my last post I explained about a little Science project we do with shadows. Here's what we did.
After about an hour we moved the items off the paper and voila, we have shadows on our paper.
What we learned from this project:
- Foam hearts ARE NOT heavy enough to stay put when a strong wind blows
- Blocks and plastic toys ARE heavy enough to stay in place on the paper
- Objects on the paper that are not totally flat cast their own shadows (which is not conducive to shadow art)
- objects on the paper block the sun from reaching the paper underneath
- Sunlight fades paper
- The sun is not always in the same position when we are looking for it (we will discuss why later)
- Additionally, talked about each object on the paper individually and described it's purpose, color, weight and size.