Groundhog day activities for kids

Regardless of whether or not you are a believer, there are many ways to have fun and celebrate Groundhog's Day with children.

Winter has already gone on seemingly forever, and now the big question is how much longer it will last? Whether or not we will be stuck in winter's icy grip will be determined on February 2nd by Punxutawney Phil, the infamous groundhog who is looking for his shadow. If he sees his shadow, we're destined for six more weeks of cold and snow, if not spring is soon to come. Regardless of whether or not you are a believer, there are many ways to have fun and celebrate Groundhog's Day with children.

Songs:

I'm a Little Groundhog (Tune: I'm A Little Teapot)

I'm a little groundhog, short and stout,

February Second I come out.

If I see my shadow people shout,

Six winter weeks without a doubt!

On Groundhog's Day (Tune: Mary Had A Little Lamb)

The groundhog saw his shadow, shadow, shadow,

The groundhog saw his shadow

On Groundhog's Day.

That's six more weeks of winter, winter, winter,

That's six more weeks of winter

On Groundhog's Day.

OR

He didn't see his shadow, shadow, shadow...

Spring will soon be here, here, here...

See My Shadow (Tune: Frere Jacques)

See my shadow, see my shadow,

Follow me, follow me,

Six more weeks of winter, six more weeks of winter,

There will be, there will be.

OR if no shadow

There's no shadow, there's no shadow,

On this day, on this day,

The groundhog didn't see it, he really didn't see it,

Spring's on its way, spring's on its way!

Activities and Games:

Put the Groundhog Back in His Hole

Use either a stuffed groundhog or ball decorated like one. Kids line up and take turns tossing the groundhog into a bucket, or through a piece of tag board with a picture of the ground drawn on it and a hole cut out of it. They progressively stand further and further away.

Groundhog Hunt

The teacher goes out to the playground while the children wait inside with a supervisor. The teacher proceeds to hide a stuffed, or paper groundhog, and the children come out and try to find it.



Arts and Crafts:

Paper Cup Groundhog

This is a standard favorite for Groundhog's Day. Draw a picture of a groundhog and cut out. Tape to a straw. Make a hole in the bottom of a paper cup and insert straw. Use the straw to raise and lower the groundhog in and out of the cup (ground).

Egg Cup Groundhog

Get two cups from an egg carton. Inside one glue a large brown pom pom. On the pom pom glue two eyes. This is the groundhog. Tape the other egg carton cup on one side over the top, creating an egg shape. Taping on one side allows you to open and close the "egg" to see the groundhog inside.

Shadow Sketches

Get a large piece of paper for each child and partner the kids up. Have the children stand by their paper while their partner outlines their shadow. Let them draw in their features. Have them experiment with standing, sitting, kneeling, etc. in different positions. Can also do this activity with hand shadows creating different animals.

Snacks

Groundhog in A Hole

Use ginger or peanut shaped peanut butter cookies. Attach raisins or chocolate chips for eyes with frosting. Slice white chocolate or almond bark for teeth (or white yogurt covered raisins) and attach with frosting. Stick in the center of chocolate cake donuts (the kind with holes in the center). You can also stick them in the center of chocolate cupcakes or chocolate cake. If this is too much prep work, just print off some groundhog clip art and attach to a stick to put into the donut or cake.

Groundhog Cupcakes

Take chocolate cupcakes and frost with chocolate frosting. Add two raisins for eyes, a chocolate chip for a nose, and two miniature marshmallows for teeth.

A Healthy Groundhog

For a nutritional twist on snack time, eat what a groundhog would! Apple slices, carrot stick, lettuce, and celery with peanut butter are just perfect.

Groundhog's Day can be a lot of fun, even with a shadow. Get the children involved and already the air will feel warmer. Groundhog Hunts, Shadow Art, and some sweet Groundhog Treats all make for a fun-filled celebration - and who knows, it just might inspire Ol' Phil to hurry spring along!

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