**Edited 4-10-11 to add shadow jumping video**
Not too long ago, we were complaining of 2 months of continuous rain. We never saw the sun. This week we jumped from low 60s and rain to almost 80 and SUNSHINE!! (Being a Vegas kid, I really, really missed the sun).
I've been letting J play outside during what I call the "witching hours" - where if we are inside, he'd have a meltdown and I would say things that make me feel like the worst parent ever. Usually, we're on a bike or playing with a ball. Well, today, J took a break from his play to say "Hi!" to his shadow. It's so fun to see how novel everything is to a little kid.
Things to try with your shadow:
*Run towards your shadow. Then run away.
*Note the different lengths of the shadow during different times of the day. Which time of the day casts the longest shadows?
*Jump/stomp on your shadow (J's favorite). This is really fun to watch and can actually keep a kid occupied for quite some time.
*Jump/stomp on Mama's shadow.
*Stand in one spot and face north (your shadow should face north at noon if you are in the Northern Hemisphere) or in the same orientation (facing a particular tree). Mark with sidewalk chalk where the top of your head is each hour. Can you tell time with your shadow? Possibly draw a sidewalk chalk clock.
Enjoy the sun!! And, wear your sunscreen!! Wow, now I sound like a real mom.