|Kaia made and taped an extra "tree" onto her stump!|
Once upon a time a groundhog lived in a big tree stump. He climbed out of the tree stump and looked for his shadow. "Shadow? Shadow? Where are you?" Then he found it! Right there! He dashed back inside his tree stump. He saw his shadow, so the weather would be cold, cold, cold! Now, let's see what else could happen. One time, he looked for his shadow. "Shadow? Shadow? Shadow, where are you?" but he couldn't find it! No shadow! Now the weather will be warm and sunny!
The kids loved dramatizing the search for his shadow. Then I gave them each their own groundhog and tree stump to color and cut out, and we told the story again. This time they each moved their own groundhogs up and down...it was so cute!
We talked about shadows and used a flashlight to look at shadows on the wall. They, of course, made their own shadows bump and bounce and wave...loads of fun! And, naturally, we looked at pictures of real groundhogs. I love that my 2-year old boy declared the groundhogs were "cute!"