With Groundhog Day just around the corner, it's time to feature a list of the cutest Groundhog Day crafts, games, and snacks around. It seems that we are often in such a rush to push on to the next big holiday that we don't pause long enough on the little celebrations. But Groundhog Day is such a fun holiday that's steeped in almost 200 years of tradition, so it's worth learning about and celebrating.
Will the groundhog see his shadow? Will we have six more weeks of winter or an early spring? I don't know, but I CAN tell you that these groundhog crafts and activities are a fun way to beat the winter blues. Whether you're looking for an activity to do with your students in class or a fun craft to make at home with the kids, you'll find lots of inspiration here.
From puppets to cupcakes and pudding to paper plates, it's time to have some fun celebrating these furry little weathercasters.
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Groundhog Day Crafts
Cupcake Liner Groundhog Day Craft: The sun is shining on this craft—will the groundhog see his shadow? This is an easy and inexpensive craft for the classroom. (via I Heart Crafty Things)
Groundhog Directed Drawing: Teach your students how to draw a groundhog in celebration of Groundhog Day. The step-by-step directions and simple shapes help children feel confident that they can complete the activity. Once you're done, kids can paint it in class or at home. (via Proud to Be Primary)
Paper Plate Groundhog: This is a simple craft that you could easily do in the classroom. If you don't have time to paint and let it dry, you could always start with brown paper plates as your base. You can find them in the Dollar Tree or party stores! (via Artsy Momma)
Groundhog Finger Puppet: This craft includes a template for simple crafting with a group. A large circle hole punch will come in handy to create the finger holes. Small children may need assistance with this part. (via Housing a Forest)
Groundhog Paper Plate Craft: Here's another take on the paper plate craft for Groundhog Day. This version may be easier for younger children, especially if the teeth and muzzle are pre-cut. (via Simply Today Life)
Groundhog Puppet Craft: Kids will have so much fun making the cute groundhog pop up out of his little burrow. This craft is the perfect activity for talking about why we have the Groundhog Day tradition in the first place. (via Typically Simple)
Fine Motor Groundhog Craft: This is an economical craft to make with the whole class. Egg carton pieces serve as the burrow (and you don't have to paint them if you want them to be dirt burrows), while the groundhog is made out of a simple pom-pom. (via Still Playing School)
Groundhog Paper Bag Puppet: Will we have six more weeks of winter? Re-enact the results from your local groundhog or Punxsutawney Phil. (via Inner Child Fun)
Groundhog Paper Bag Puppet (with grass): This version of the paper bag puppet has grass on the bottom! How fun! Play with your puppets while you read some books about Groundhog Day. (via Kids Activities Blog)
Groundhog Play Set: Make this playset for your little ones to play with. It even comes complete with a groundhog shadow! Older children can cut and assemble this themselves, while you may want to make this for younger children and let them explore playing with the groundhog, his shadow, and the burrow. (via About Family Crafts)
Groundhog Crochet Applique: Do you have a little one who loves to crochet? This groundhog applique is simply adorable, and it would look great on a beanie, bag, or winter scarf. (via Repeat Crafter Me)
Groundhog Day Games
Groundhog Day Matching Game for Toddlers: Although it's geared for toddlers, preschoolers and kindergarteners will enjoy this cute matching game, too. Print several sets and laminate them to use from year to year. (via Simple Fun for Kids)
Groundhog Day Cup Game: This is a wonderful number recognition activity for tots and preschoolers. You could make this more advanced for older children by number the cups with larger numbers, and asking them to work out math problems (like 10-3) to place the groundhog in cup #7. (via Mom Explores Southwest Florida)
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Groundhog Day Snacks
Groundhog Day Pudding Snacks: Nutter Butter cookies are turned into cute groundhogs, and the burrow is made of chocolate pudding and dyed coconut. How clever! If you don't have coconut on hand, you could also use green sprinkles or edible grass. This is a fun snack to make at home with the kids! (via Natural Beach Living)
Groundhog Banana Muffins: Rise and shine early with the kids to eat these delicious banana muffins while watching the weather forecast. This would make an adorable classroom snack, and you could substitute banana chips or small cookies for the almond ears if there are any nut allergies. (via Living Life as Moms)
Groundhog Day Cupcakes: Delicious cupcakes with chocolate frosting and sprinkles—could Groundhog Day get any better? The green coconut flakes on the plate around the cupcake add a cute touch. (via Craft Create Cook)
Groundhog Goodies: Turn any cake into a groundhog using these tips. Butter cakes are used here, but you could easily do this with Twinkies or chocolate cakes, too. (via Phar-Ma)
Pin this list of Groundhog Day crafts and activities to come back to next year! Which one do you want to make first?