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Fun Groundhog Day Activities and Printables for Preschoolers

Here are a few fun Groundhog Day Activities that your preschoolers and toddlers will enjoy.

When I was younger I didn’t really understand what Groundhog Day was all about. I just knew we celebrated it and people were mad about more winter in Michigan. With these crafts and activities, children will begin to understand what this holiday is all about and what it means when the groundhog sees his shadow or doesn’t.

History of Groundhog Day

Groundhog Day is on February 2nd. People come to Pennsylvania every year to see if the groundhog will see his shadow. If it’s a sunny day and Punxsutawney Phil sees his shadow, then there will be six more weeks of Winter. If it’s a cloudy day and he doesn’t see his shadow, then warmer temperatures are on their way with an early Spring. Studies have shown that there isn’t really a correlation between his shadow and the weather, but it is still a fun tradition that we look forward to.

Groundhog Theme Crafts

Groundhog Day Activities

Make Groundhog faces with hearts from Lucky Me. I love these! Make faces of different sizes to make a groundhog family or turn smaller faces into ornaments to hang. Tell a story about your groundhog family. 

 

 

Make Paper Bag Groundhog Puppets from Our Kid Things.  My favorite thing about paper bag puppets is that you can make them talk with your hands. So these are the perfect way to tell the story about the groundhog or let the children make up a story with two puppets talking to each other. 

Groundhog Day Shadow Puppets from Typically Simple. Move the popsicle stick up and down to see how the groundhog comes out of his hole. 

Groundhog Day Paper Plate Craft from Crafty Morning. Use the paper plate craft as a simple way to illustrate what happens on Groundhog Day.

Make your own groundhog finger puppets from Housing a Forest. Aren’t these adorable? Made from construction paper or craft foam, children will get creative with these puppets.

 

Groundhog Day Educational Activities

Use these themed activities, free printables, and great ideas to make learning fun! 

Match the different shapes with Groundhogs from KidsSparkz or play Memory with these cards. I love how these look more realistic and I believe they will spark questions about groundhogs like what do they eat or do they hibernate? 

 

Groundhog Day Activities

Groundhog Day Magnet or Dot Markers Page from Making Learning Fun are great for fine motor skills. Use circle magnets, dot markers, buttons, or stickers to fill in the circles.

 

Science experiment with shadows like they did at Lessons 4 Little Ones. Children will see how shadows are created that are similar to the groundhog’s shadow. This will lead to different ways to experiment with shadows by moving the light around and making shadows with hands and fingers.

 

 

Groundhog Day Prediction Crowns from Preschool Mom. There are two printable crowns – one for early Spring and one for more Winter. These are so cool and a great opportunity for children to make predictions, graph, and analyze results. 

 

 

Groundhog Day Activities

Matching capital and lowercase letters with alphabet matching from Making Learning Fun

 

Tracing Shadows on white paper from How Wee Learn takes a lot of pencil control and concentration. It is really cool to see the outline of the shadow when you are finished. You can even paint it when you are done. Don’t stop with a groundhog shadow. Experiment with what other shadow you can create and trace.

 

 

A printable, Groundhog Day Mini Book for young readers from Kinderteacher.com is a great way to read and learn about the tradition.

 

Shadow Matching Game from In My World is a fun way to practice visual discrimination. She also has other free printables available. Use these cards as a sequencing activity too. Put them in order of how the groundhog looks as he is coming out of his hole. 

 

Groundhog Day Poem

Sleepy Little Groundhog

Up through the ground,

Creep, creep, creep-

The sleepy little groundhog

peek-peek-peeks.

 

If he sees a shadow

And the sun is bright,

He jumps down his hole

And ducks out of sight!

 

Up through the ground,

Creep, creep, creep-

The sleepy little groundhog

Peek-peep-peeks.

 

If there is no shadow

And the clouds hide the sun,

He jumps out of his hole

And he’s ready for fun!

 

From CanDoKinders.com

 

Other Ideas:

Groundhog Mask from I Heart Crafty Things

Fun Snack Ideas from Pre-K Pages

From crafts and puppets to letter matching and experiments, there is something here for every child. We hope you enjoy these fun activities as much as we do. Experiencing these crafts and activities as well as reading fun books will deepen the understanding of Groundhog Day for kids.

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1 Comment

  • Reply Jen

    Great post! I pinned that Groundhog to make tomorrow with little man- it is adorable. Thanks for the poem, too. Have fun with your little ones tomorrow.

    Jen

    February 2, 2012 at 12:39 am
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