I think this little rodents are absolutely adorable. In Russian, they are called, "sarok." This week we are getting ready for Groundhog's Day with a few kids activities and crafts.
Science, reading, and crafting Groundhog Day Ideas!!!!
Shadow Puppet Groundhog Science Play and Learning
We had a lot of shadow puppet play this week! It encourages creative thinking and is a great way to talk about shadows. We also played outside at different times during the day and talked about how our shadow changes depending on where the sun is. My 2 year old just stares at me and then will repeat a word like "shadow," so I don't really know exactly how much he does or does not understand! I just know that vocabulary is so important in life and learning to read. Maybe he doesn't get it this time, but I know that he is building these little vocabulary files in his head and that they will make connections when he is ready! More Groundhog Day crafts here.
And don't worry, I don't just do crafty/ cutesy projects all week. We have a LOT of outside free play, open ended art projects, dirt play, Legos and pretend play too. These are just as, if not more important for toddler development!!!! Remember - it really doesn't matter WHAT you do with your kids, just that you ARE doing it with your kids. YES, it is easier have them watch a television show, but if you take that time to snuggle up and read or play with them - you are making so much more of a connection with them. And I believe that parents are not told enough of what an amazing job they are doing. If you are reading this and you are playing with your kid this week - you rock! Give yourself a hug, a smile, or maybe a cup of hot-chocolate as a treat. You are amazing!!!!!