Me & My Shadow

Me & My Shadow

Me & My ShadowWe made it through January!  I don’t know about you, but the quicker and milder the winter is, the happier I am.

On Thursday, February 2, an otherwise cold and dreary mid-winter’s day, groundhog Punxsutawney Phil will awake from a long winter’s nap, and go outside of his den to see if he sees his shadow.   According to legend, if the groundhog sees his shadow (a sunny morning), there will be six more weeks of winter. He then returns to his den and goes back to sleep. If however, he does not see his shadow (cloudy days), he plays around outside of his hole for a while and spring is just around the corner.

For the Record:   Phil sees his shadow about 9 out of 10 times.

Groundhog day is a great opportunity to play with your child with shadows.  Most children are  fascinated by shadows. Regents Center for Early Developmental Educations explains, “Exploration of shadows is especially appropriate for youngsters because children are often intrigued by shadow phenomena.  Shadows are mysterious-they come and go; appear sometimes in front of us, sometimes behind, sometimes on the ceiling, sometimes singly, sometimes in pairs; can be tall or short, partial or complete-and yet they are a part of children’s everyday experiences.”

Consider using mirrors and shadow making  equipment, such as light tables, screens, flashlights, and overhead projectors, to allow your kids to watch their own images as they  explore and play.

Do you think the groundhog will see his shadow?

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Lainie Gutterman - Before giving birth to her son in 2009 and becoming a stay-at-home mom, Lainie was a founding partner of a Public Relations firm. Lainie describes herself as "a natural born publicist who is constantly spreading the word about new products, activities and events." When Lainie is not chasing after her son or they are not watching Nick Jr or reading together, she scrapbooks and writes posts for her blog, "Me, Myself & Baby I" at Lainie and her family live in New York City, where she sacrifices living space (but not style) to be in the center of it all in "the city that never sleeps." (Fortunately, her toddler is a sound sleeper who doesn't rise until after 9am, on most days.)

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