Groundhog Day Activities (page under construction, accidentally hit build!!)
An annual event that has a long history, The first official Groundhog Day celebration took place on February 2, 1887, in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania. The men went to Gobbler’s Knob, where the inaugural groundhog became the bearer of bad news when he saw his shadow.
Nowadays, the annual festivities are still held in Punxsutawney. While the tradition has persevered, the success rate of around 50 percent for Punxsutawney Phil.
In the classroom we liked to do some simple activities such as read books, make a groundhog puppet and a few puzzles. We also made a printable book for the kids to color and take home that I will have below.
Ground Hog Puppet
- Paper Cup
- Popsicle Stick
- Printed picture of Groundhog
- Glue stick or Elmer's Glue
Print out pattern of ground hog.
- Let kids color and cut out the shape.
- Teachers make a small slit on the bottom of the cup in the center, the size of the popsicle stick. It should be tight so let the stick push through the cut firmly. This allows the popsicle stick to not slide up and down
- Glue the ground hog paper figure onto the top of the popsicle stick
- Print or make your own grass with green construction paper to glue onto the outside of the cup.
- Stick your popsicle stick into the cup with the groundhog inside of the cup.
- Read about the groundhog and what it symbolizes
Groundhog Word Puzzle
Groundhog Day Word Game
Print out or do as a whole class....the object is to make as many different words from the words "GROUNDHOG DAY". I used to have children work in small teams of 3-4 and make it a challenge.
Print our Groundhog Day Word Game Here