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Home School Life Journal ........... Ceramics by Katie Bergenholtz
"Let us strive to make each moment beautiful."
Saint Francis DeSales

Shadow Play on Groundhog's Day

So now that we are at the midway point between winter solstice and vernal equinox, we turn to the groundhog and his shadow. All week we have been having fun with shadows. Shadow puppets to be exact.
A few months ago I bought this book

and I brought it out this week and every night we made hand shadows on the wall.

The book simply has illustrations to show which way to hold your hands to make various pictures on the wall.

much to eveyone's delight.
And after your show, refreshments could be served...

Groundhog Hot Chocolate

idea from Gourmet Mom-on-the-Go
Hot Cocoa
Thin Chocolate covered cookies
Edible Eyeballs
Chocolate Chips
mini M&M's
Whipped Cream
Green sugar
Candy Melts
Wax Paper

Melt about 4 oz. candy melts in a microwave safe bowl at 30 second intervals, stirring after each interval. Do not use chocolate chips as they will not set up hard enough to hold your groundhog to the cup.
Lay out your cookies on wax paper. Dip a toothpick or pointed knife into the melted chocolate and make three dots on your cookie--two for the eyes and one for the nose. Attach eyes and nose. Dip two chocolate chips into melted chocolate and attach to sides of cookie for ears. Let groundhogs dry until set, about 15 minutes. Using a spoon, smear some melted candy melts on the side of a mug. Press groundhog into chocolate and let set until dry, about 15 minutes. While your groundhog is drying, smear a shadow shape of melted chocolate onto a saucer with a spoon. Fill with cocoa. And add whipped cream and green sprinkles.


  1. Excellent! Today would have been perfect for shadow making here.

  2. Phyllis, this is such a great post! Thanks for sharing all these fun things to do on Groundhog's Day!
    I hope you are staying warm in all the storms you've been having.

  3. LOVE it! Looks like a TON of fun!


  4. I just wanted to take a moment and tell you what an amazing job you've done on this blog. It is an amazing wealth of knowledge. I'm not sure if I'll ever get to read all your amazing posts and even begin to try out a quarter of the projects you've shared.
    I was wondering how in the world you accomplish all this?!? I would love if you have the time one day you could share a day in the life or project planning type post to see how the flow goes to accomplish all that you achieve and how you come up with such amazing ideas!

    Have you ever thought of putting together something like a Blurb book of ideas and homeschool how-tos? That would be cool! I know I'd purchase one!

    Great Job!

  5. Oh what fun! You truly celebrate every day. Love that ground hog peeping out of the hot chocolate.

  6. Love the Groundhog day fun. What a good way to celebrate! The hot chocolate idea is very tempting. I might have a go at making these as a surprise this weekend for the children.

  7. You're so good at taking a topic and exploring it in lots of different ways. Bravo on the bunny rabbit shadow!

  8. Yes, I do like to follow every rabbit hole I see. :)


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