Make Groundhog Day fun with these crafts, lessons, treats, and ideas!
Make a pop-up poppet!
One year we put several ideas together and we took toilet paper tubes and covered them in fringed green paper (like here – http://www.drjean.org/html/monthly_act/act_2007/02_Feb/pg02.html only we did it on the outside and then drew/made from construction paper flowers and ladybugs, butterflies, etc. on the green "grass" like here (again, our background was green an not brown) http://www.kckpl.lib.ks.us/YS/crafts/GRDHOGPT.HTM . Finally, we used the groundhog pattern from http://www.danielle splace.com/ images/groundhog bookmarkpat. gif and glued him on a craft stick. My kids loved it!
I shined a flashlight on him and explained that if he sees his shadow he will be frightened and go back down into his home for another 6 weeks but if there was no sun, no shadow then he stayed up and spring was just around the corner.
More Pop Up Crafts
Using a sheet of paper instead of a tube
http://www.familytlc.net/issues/february2008/crafts_4_4329.html (note: may need to change 2008 to current date in the URL)
Toilet Paper Roll Craft
Watch the early morning news!
We enjoy getting up early to see if Punxatawny Phil "the Seer of Seers, the Sage of Sages, Prognosticator of Prognosticators and Weather Prophet Extraordinary" predict an early spring! : )
Or check out Phil’s official site:
with activities for kids – http://www.groundhog.org/teachers/kids.php
See him live – http://www.dgsweb.state.pa.us/CMSUploads/groundhog2009/index.html (May have to change date on URL)
Make a silhoette picture!
Look up groundhog on Wikipedia
"The groundhog (Marmota monax), also known as the woodchuck, land beaver, or whistlepig, is a rodent of the family Sciuridae, belonging to the group of large ground squirrels known as marmots." To learn more go to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Groundhog
Learn this CUTE poem:
Learn the tongue twister:
"How much wood would a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood?"
"A woodchuck would chuck as much wood as a woodchuck could chuck, if a woodchuck could chuck wood."
You could also find the answer to the above tongue twister at The Straight Dope –
The Wall Street Journal once posted an article "… on the work of New York state wildlife expert Richard Thomas, who found that a woodchuck could (and does) chuck around 35 cubic feet of dirt in the course of digging a burrow. Thomas reasoned that if a woodchuck could chuck wood, he would chuck an amount equivalent to the weight of the dirt, or 700 pounds."
Or explore some interesting facts from http://www.news. cornell.edu/ Chronicle/ 96/2.1.96/ facts.html
"Groundhogs in the wild eat succulent green plants, such as dandelion greens, clover, plantain and grasses. They also are tempted by nearby gar den vegetables. At Cornell, they dine on Agway Woodchuck Chow, a similar formulation to rabbit feed but in larger-sized pellets. Woodchucks binge and purposefully put on weight in the summer, reaching their maximum mass in late August. They become lethargic and prepare for hiber nation in October. By February, hibernating woodchucks have lost as much as half their body weight."
For more ideas check out these pages:
Interactive Groundhog Day Quiz
http://www.familyed ucation.com/ quiz/0,1399, 22-4882,00. html?wtlAC= FE_Your-Child_ 7-11_2007- 01-22,email- h
Groundhog’s Day Fun from Universal Preschool
Many ideas (love the heart groundhog idea!)
http://www.newberry .k12.sc.us/ InstructionalLin ks/Holidays/ FebruaryCelebrat ions.htm
http://webtech. kennesaw. edu/jcheek3/ february. htm
http://www.childfun .com/modules. php?name= News&file= article&sid= 20
Cool ideas for February Crafts
http://www.educatio n-world.com/ holidays/ archives/ february. shtml
How to Draw a Groundhog Heart
Cute Pre-school printable book and more!
http://www.littlegi raffes.com/ groundhog. html
http://www.dnr.state.oh.us/kidsthings/feb05/tabid/658/Default.aspx (link on right side of page)
ADVANCED word search
http://sunniebunnie zz.com/puzzles/ ghogdws.htm
Great Graphics and Links
http://www.gpschool s.org/ci/ ce/elem/holidays /ghog.htm
Lesson Plans and Activities
http://www.theteach erscorner. net/seasonal/ groundhog- day/index. htm
Puzzles & Printables
http://www.edhelper .com/Groundhog_ Day.htm
http://homeschoolin g.about.com/ od/holidays/ ss/groundhogprin t.htm
http://homeschoolin g.about.com/ od/holidays/ ss/groundhogprin t_8.htm
Cute Coloring Page
http://www.sterling schools.org/ jefferson/ stf/dstern/ Web%20Groundhog. htm
http://www.csuzberr y.com/holidaycol oringlinks2. html
http://www.emints. org/ethemes/ resources/ S00000598. shtml
http://cybersleuth- kids.com/ sleuth/Society_ and_Culture/ Holidays/ Groundhog_ Day/index. htm
http://www.classbra in.com/artteach/ publish/article_ 135.shtml
http://www.russell. k12.va.us/ itrt/Elementary% 20Schoool% 20Resources/ SEASONAL% 20MAIN.htm
http://www.apples4t heteacher. com/holidays/ ground-hog- day/index. html
http://uk.dir. yahoo.com/ Society_and_ Culture/Holidays _and_Observances /Groundhog_ Day/Activities_ and_Crafts/
http://www.teaching heart.net/ groundhogdaysite .html
http://www.dixie. fayette.k12. ky.us/WebQuests/ groundhog_ day.htm
Another CUTE cupcake
Gives the term "UP Chuck" a whole new meaning! : )
Groundhog recipes – http://www.motherearthnews.com/Real-Food/1984-01-01/Happy-Groundhog-Day.aspx
February Resource Pages