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Now that spring is making an appearance, children and parents are probably getting antsy and needing some outdoor time. Well look no further! Here is a fun way to enhance your child’s fine motor skills, creativity and to encourage self-expression.

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Shadow drawings is a fun and interactive way to spend some time outdoors during these trying times.

You just need:

  • [endif]Pencil, chalk, markers (anything your child would like to use)

  • [endif]Paper

  • Subject of choice: toys, blocks, trees, family members.

All you need to do is make sure the subjects are in the sun, casting a shadow onto the paper to trace and Voila! Instant fun!

Stay safe and take care.

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