How to Make Groundhog Day Crafts and Learning Activities for Children
Groundhog Puppets - Shadow Tracing Craft and Learning Activity
Use these groundhog puppets in a fun, interactive way to teach children about shadows and the position of the sun.
What you will need:
Card Stock (Heavy Paper)
Crayons, Colored Pencils or Markers
Tape or Glue
Jumbo Craft Sticks
Play Dough (Optional)
How to Make the Groundhog Shadow Puppets:
1. Print out pictures of groundhogs onto card stock. Printable patterns are available to members or as an instant download in both color and black and white.
2. If you are using the black and white puppets, have your children color them.
3. Glue or tape the groundhog puppets onto jumbo craft sticks.
4. Use the stick puppets to study shadows and how they change with the changing position of the sun.
Have your children set up their stick puppets outside so that they are standing upright. You can place the puppets in a hunk of play dough or prop them up with rocks on a hard surface. Give each child a piece of white card stock and a pencil or marker. Tell them to place the piece of card stock so that their puppet's shadow falls on the paper, tape it down, or place weights on the paper to keep it from blowing away, and then trace around the shadow.
Leave the puppet in the same position for at least an hour and then have your children compare the shadow they drew to the shadow the puppet is now making. Ask them why they think the shadow has changed. Explain that the position of the sun is different so the light is falling on the puppet from a different angle. Tell them to point to the sun, without looking directly at it. Ask them to predict what they think the shadow will look like in another hour. Go back outside in another hour and ask your children if the sun is in a different position. Have them compare the shadows.
You can make this lesson more detailed depending on the age of your children. If it is too cold outside or cloudy, you can use a light or flashlight inside instead.
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Groundhog Day Activity Sheet
Children will love playing with their very own groundhogs. The groundhog pops out of its hole to see if there will be six more weeks of winter.
How to Make the Groundhog Day Craft Stick Puppet and Activity Sheet:
1. Print out the activity sheet pattern onto card stock. Cut the top line and fold down the two tabs at the top of the sheet. Use an Exacto knife to cut the slits open.
2. Print out the cloud, sun, and groundhog pictures onto card stock.
3. Have your children color the pictures and then glue the cloud and sun pictures on the activity sheet. When the cloud tab is folded down the "It's Cloudy" words should be showing. When the sun picture is folded down the "It's Sunny" words should be showing.
4. Have your children glue the groundhog picture onto the end of a jumbo craft stick to make the craft stick puppet. Show them how to insert the craft stick puppet into the activity sheet so that the puppet is behind the groundhog hole and the stick is sticking out the front bottom slit.
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Groundhog Paper Bag Craft for Groundhog Day
On February 2nd will Punxsutawney Phil see his shadow and endure six more weeks of winter or predict that spring is on our doorstep? In any case children can dress him according to his predictions. Have them dress him in a winter hat and gloves if he sees his shadow, or sunglasses and ball cap if he doesn't.
What you will need:
Brown paper bags
Paper Scraps to fill the Bag
Pencils or Crayons
How to Make Paper Bag Groundhog:
1. Stuff a brown paper lunch bag with crinkled up scrap paper. Fold down the top one inch and fold in the sides one inch and then staple the bag closed.
2. Print out the groundhog pattern onto brown paper and cut them out. If you are not a member, draw the groundhog face, arms, and feet onto brown paper and cut them out.
3. Glue the head to the top of the bag and the arms to the sides. Glue the feet to the bottom of the bag.
4. On Groundhog day watch the television news to see if Punxsutawney Phil sees his shadow. If he does, dress him in winter clothes. If he doesn't, dress him in spring clothes.
5. If you picked the winter outfit, write a paper about what you like about winter. If you picked the spring outfit, write a paper about what you like about spring.
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"There's a Groundhog on My Head" Free Groundhog Hat Craft
Preschool children will love making and wearing this adorable groundhog hat. After discovering if the groundhog has seen his shadow have your children write on the bottom of the hat what the groundhog predicts in your area. Will there be six more weeks of winter or is spring here?
What you will need:
Crayons or Colored Pencils
How to Make a Groundhog Day Hat:
1. Print out the free hat pattern. Cut it out. Cut extra strips of card stock the width of the hat to add more length. Tape the hat together to fit on your child's head.
Logan and his father made this craft for Groundhog's Day. Logan especially liked coloring, helping his Dad tape the hat together, and taping his head.
Watch Logan and his Dad make this craft on Logan's Life.
Note: We published an updated pattern of this craft since this video that will make it much easier to cut out.
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Where's Woody? Mini Story and Color Book
Help children learn to read with this fun Groundhog Day Printable book.
"Is he behind the rock?
No, Kitty is behind the rock?
Is he in the bush?
No, bunny is in the bush. Is he on the branch? . . ."
Patterns to this craft are available to members only. Click here to go to the Members Only section and print out your Patterns.
Groundhog Day Prediction Pictures
Will the Groundhog see his shadow?
What you will need:
How to Make:
1. Have your children draw a picture or use the patterns available to make a picture of what they think the groundhog will see. Will he see his shadow or not?
Patterns to this craft are available to members only. Click here to Print Out Your Patterns.
Groundhog Day Links:
How to make a popup sock groundhog craft from Sophie's World.
You can find more Groundhog Day crafts and links at About.com
The history of Groundhog Day from Groundhog.org