Parents, tomorrow is an amazing day to have fun and teach your child about Groundhog's Day. Groundhog Day is celebrated every year on February 2nd in both the United States and Canada. The folklore states that on February 2nd if a groundhog emerges from his hole and fails to see his shadow, he will leave his burrow, signifying that winter will end soon. But if the Groundhog does see his shadow he will retreat down into his burrow, and winter will last for another 6 weeks. Minnesota residents are keeping their fingers crossed that Punxsutawney Phil will not see his shadow and these frigid temperatures will rise.
As the town of Punxsutawney celebrates Groundhog Day tomorrow, you and your children can have a blast doing the following Groundhog Day Activities for children:
Create a story-Help your kids create the story of Punxsutawney Phil. Gather together art supplies, and encourage kids to tell the story, illustrating it with fun pictures of a groundhog. Or use your digital camera and your kids can make a digital story in a matter of minutes. All they need to do is choose some pictures, or use their own, upload them, add captions and music, and they will have created their own version of Phil's story.
Watch a movie-Spend the day watching the favorite film Groundhog Day, starring Bill Murray and Andi McDowell. Rated PG, Bill Murray stars as a weatherman who continues to live the same day over and over again.
Discover groundhogs-Visit your local library and check out books on groundhogs, ranging from informational guides to fictional stories. Go online and encourage your kids to find out as many facts about these adorable animals as they can, then have them share what they have learned with the rest of the family around the dinner table.
Design your own groundhog-Gather together art and craft supplies such as construction paper, scissors, glue, yarn, buttons, and anything else you might have on hand. Let your kids design their own groundhogs out of the available supplies. Kids can use the yarn for hair and whiskers, buttons for eyes and a nose, and they can decorate and color their groundhogs however they like. Encourage them to come up with their own name for the groundhog as well.