- Paper (optional)
Beginning in the morning, trace the shadows of a few objects using the sidewalk, driveway or piece of paper. Come back every hour or two and trace the shadow again. How has it changed?
- Notebook (optional)
- Pencil (optional)
Go around your yard or take a hike or walk through town and take photos of all the shadows you see. You may even want to take a pencil and notebook to make notes about the shadows you see.
Make Your Own Sundial
- Empty can, container or bucket
- Piece of cardboard larger than the can, container or bucket
- Rocks, sand, or dirt
Tell a story about how people used to use the sun to tell the time. For teaching purposes (and to help with assembly), you may want to create a sundial ahead of time. This video from britannica.com is a good visual for kids to see how a sundial works. This video from Bill Nye is also helpful for children to understand shadows.
Begin by filling an empty can, container or bucket with rocks, sand or dirt. Place a dowel or long stick into the center of the can. Make sure the dowel or stick is secure before moving to the next step. Find a spot that will stay sunny throughout the day. Place your cardboard down in that place. Put your can in the center of your cardboard piece. After your can is placed on the cardboard, make a mark on the cardboard where the shadow from your stick or dowel is and also put down the time. Repeat this step every 30 minutes to an hour to see how the position changes throughout the day.
If it is a sunny day, you can play tag with shadows. One child will be the chaser. The object of the game is for the chaser to chase the other children trying to step on their shadows. If they step on a child’s shadow, that person becomes the chaser.
- Blankets or towels
- Flashlight (optional)
- Large number of children (optional)
This activity can be done inside or outside. Build a tunnel using chairs, blankets and other objects for children to crawl through. For more fun, shine a flashlight on the children to see if they can see their shadow as they emerge from the tunnel. If there are a large number of children, you can create a human tunnel for children to crawl through. Start by making two lines of children across from each other. Have them reach across to join the hands of the person across from them to create a tunnel. It may help to create more of a tunnel if the children get down on their knees. Have children take turns crawling through the tunnel like groundhogs.
Just Keep Singing
- Your best singing voice
- You best acting skills
There are many fun songs about February 2nd. If the weather is nice enough, you can go outside to sing and act out these songs. Here are some song ideas origins unknown.