Many people believe if a groundhog sees his shadow on February 2, he'll return to his burrow and sleep for another six weeks, signaling winter will last until then. A cloudy day means no shadow for the groundhog and signals an early spring. Have your children "dig up" some fun with these delightful groundhog crafts.
Materials: green or brown tempera paint/paint brushes, Styrofoam cups, glue, Spanish moss (found in craft stores), cotton balls, straws, crayons or markers, groundhog pattern, scissors
Have each child use green or brown paint to make a Styrofoam cup look like ground cover, and let dry. Have children glue Spanish moss and cotton "snow" around the top edge of the cup. Then have them poke a hole in the bottom of the cup and insert a straw. Have each child color the groundhog patter, cut it out, and glue it to the top of the straw. Teach children to sing "The Groundhog Song" and motion with their groundhogs!
The Groundhog Song (to the tune of: "I'm a Little Teapot")
I'm a little groundhog furry and round. You may see me pop up from the ground! If I see my shadow, down I'll stay. Six more weeks of winter on its way!
Groundhog Day Sunglasses
Materials: markers or crayons, scissors, sunglasses pattern, glue
Have children color and cut out the sunglass pieces and groundhog, cloud, and sun patterns. Have students glue the earpieces to the sides of the lens frames. Invite students to glue the sun and cloud to each side of the glasses. Have each child glue the groundhog onto the sun if Groundhog Day is sunny or onto the cloud if it is cloudy. Invite children to wear their sunglasses outside for a game of shadow tag.