February 2 is Groundhog Day, and if you are looking for some groundhog activities and lessons for you children, then I have some ideas you will want to read and try.
Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania is the home of the official groundhog, and his name is Punxsutawney Phil.
On February 2, Punxsutawney Phil comes out of his burrow on Gobbler’s Knob, in front of thousands of people from all over the world, to predict the weather for the rest of the season.
According to legend, if Punxsutawney Phil sees his shadow there will be six more weeks of winter weather. If he does not see his shadow there will be an early spring.
Groundhog Day is a great day to teach young children about shadows. Try making shadow puppets on a wall or tracing your child out on the ground, wall, or black sheet of paper.
Play Groundhog games like hiding in different areas and letting them poke their head out to see if they can see or find their shadow like Punxsutawney Phil does.
Make a Groundhog mask out of a paper plate.
You will need a paper plate, brown paint, brown construction paper, string or ribbon and scissors and glue.
Paint the paper brown.
Cut out two round ears for the groundhog and glue them to the top of the paper plate.
Cut out two eye holes, a hole for the mouth and two holes on the edge to tie the string or ribbon.
Once you have the ribbon tied on you can tie the plate around your child’s head and let them pretend to be Punxsutawney Phil.
For writing practices you can have children make an Acrostic Poem. It is a poem about Groundhog Day where each line starts with a letter from the words Groundhog Day.
You may want to do some word searches puzzles. These are easy enough to create on your own computer. You can use Microsoft word or Excel. Type the words you want first. Make sure some of them cross other words you put in. Make sure you leave space inbetween the words to put in random letters around the words so it is a little harder to find the word. Then simply print. However, you can also find some great ones that are free by visiting sites like Enchanted Learning.com
There is even a website you can visit called PunxsutawneyPhil.com where you can ask the famous Groundhog a question and get an answer back from him.
Another great activity to do for groundhog day is to send out cards. You can make cards by hand by simply drawing a brown groundhog peeking out of a hole and seeing a shadow or not seeing a shadow. If you want to make it more interactive you can make it into a pull card and put a slice wide enough for the ground hog to hop his head out of his hole on the front of the card. Then the recipient can poke the groundhog out of the hole and back in.
If you’re not creative enough to make your own card there are several websites that offer free e-cards for groundhogs day and every other occasion.
A good source to purchase crafts to be made would be places like Michaels or other arts and crafts and hobby stores in your area.