I have to admit, I’ve never really paid much attention to Groundhog’s Day before. We live in Texas and, with the exception of a few cold weeks each year, it’s all just Summer and “Summer-Lite” around here! (Okay, sometimes there is actually a gorgeous Spring too.) Needless to say, I don’t worry too much over whether Punxsutawney Phil sees his shadow or not. But, I do think he, and all groundhogs for that matter, are incredibly cute! That’s neither here nor there…
I used this lesson plan as my foundation, and here is what we did today, after gathering together with a song and name tickets.
1.) Activity #1 : Groundhog Treasure Hunt
This was AWESOME! We used the blank printables from here and only made a few slight modifications.
We ended with watching a re-broadcast of Punxsutawney Phil’s Prediction while the kids ate their lollipops.
2.) Activity #2: Groundhog Dot-to-Dot
We used this printable for a dot-to-dot drawing. This was easy enough for both of them, but a good chance for O and I to talk about numbers as well.
3.) Activity #3: Groundhog Shadow-Matching
We used this printable for a shadow-matching worksheet. Note: I don’t think you actually have to sign up to print this document…You can just save and print.
4.) Activity #4: Groundhog in a Cup
We used this printable for this fun groundhog-in-a-cup craft. We also used chopsticks, disposable cups & tape. This was their favorite!
I made up this song while using their groundhogs as puppets; (to the tune of “Frere Jacques“, with some “artistic license”, shall we say)…
“I’m a Groundhog, I’m a Groundhog,
Small and Brown, Small and Brown,
If I see my Shadow, If I see my Shadow,
We’re Winter-Bound, Winter-Bound….
Coming Out Now, Coming Out Now,
No Shadow Here, Spring is Near…”
5.) Activity #5: Dirt Cups (Snack Time!)
The original versions of this snack suggest a chocolate pudding cup, but I wanted to keep it healthy and use things we already had, so I mixed Greek Yogurt and Cocoa Powder and mixed in some Granola for effect (dirt/rocks?) and I took the easy way out and used a Cinnamon Graham Cracker Bear in lieu of something more closely resembling a groundhog.
I think they liked it anyway!
What do you think…Are you ready for Spring?