Sometimes shadows are quite frightening for little ones. Using a simple story like Moonbear’s Shadow by Frank Asch can help tame this fear. Another story with a good introduction to shadows followed by a photo guessing game is Guess Whose Shadow by Stephen Swinburne.
I have also found it helpful to take my fearful child outside on a sunny day and go on a shadow hunt. Another non-threatening way to explore shadows with preschoolers is to play Shadow Stomp.
To play Shadow Stomp, you need:
- Shadows 🙂
1) Run around and try to “stomp” on each other’s shadow! A variation would be to stomp on an object’s shadow (trees, bikes, flowers, etc.)