5-Minute-Fun: Shadow Stomp
When you’re out on a walk together or your preschooler is riding his trike as you walk, he may lose steam before you can get back home.
Boost his motivation and energy by saying, “Don’t you dare run over my shadow!”
When he does (of course!) , scream in agony or moan.
An alternative is to play shadow tag. Try stomping on each others shadows before you can run to a place where your shadows are hidden in the shade of a tree or car.
It’s amazing how a kid who cries “Carry me, Mom, I’m too tired!” and slumps to the ground to demonstrate his exhaustion is suddenly energized by a game like this, then can easily make it all the way back home!
Enjoy the Spring weather . . . now that it’s finally here!
By the way: take a close look at the photo above. My 13-yr-old daughter photographed her friends spelling out the word LOVE with heart-shaped shadows below. How cool is that?
She loved to run over my shadow when she was little!
Note: This 5-Minute-Fun was excerpted from: Time to Get Out? Or Stay In!, Chapter 13, p. 193 in The Power of Parent-Child Play by Laurie Winslow Sargent (2003, Tyndale House Publishers).