We haven’t celebrated Groundhog Day before with our family, and I thought why not this year? The year 2021, after the dreaded year of 2020 that changed our lives forever. The era that begins with the C word aka Covid. So why not make a random day like Groundhog Day more exciting and fun?
Last night, while watching the Bachelor with my awesome husband that pretends to watch it with me on the couch, I got busy making all the signs and things for today.
You don’t have to go out and buy all kinds of expensive supplies to make this fun for the kids. Most of the time, I use what I already have on hand for things like this. This poster was made out of two blue pieces of construction paper taped together, hand cut out the sun and cloud out of colored paperstock. To make the little groundhogs, all I did was Google groundhog images, and made my own. Each groundhog has different eyes on purpose so we could all be different.
The keep calm sign was made in PhotoShop, printed it out on white cardstock paper, cut it down to size, and pinned it on my little pegboard sign.
This poster was made out of two pieces of white card stock taped together, googled random facts about groundhogs, hand wrote them on the card stock, drew the groundhog, and was done. I did not know groundhogs hibernated for 150 days without eating!
After Hadley got ready for school this morning, we went down to look at all the signs and talked a little bit about Groundhog Day. She had already known a little bit about the day because her Kindergarten class had talked about it at school.
She picked out which groundhog she wanted, and wrote her name on it. She loved them!
Hadley and Dad picked “no”, the groundhog will not see his shadow.
When she got home from school, I had made a few extra snacks for dessert tonight. Chocolate cupcakes with half an oreo on top, and put M&M’s as the ears and teeth. Already had the candy eyeballs on hand for the eyes. I only made half a batch of cupcakes because I was pretty sure she wasn’t going to eat them. So I used the other half of the batter to make a small cake. Sort of chopped up the cake, to make it look like dirt the groundhog was coming out of his burrow. She loved all the little signs, but too bad she’s not a huge fan of chocolate cake!
After dinner, we did a little craft of making a groundhog out of a brown paper bag.
All you need is:
- brown paper bag
- green paper
- black paper
- white paper
- black sharpie
- brown & pink crayon
We even named our bagged groundhogs. From left to right in the photo above: Mom – Philly, Hadley – Snuggles, Dad – Darrell.
Super easy way to make a boring sort of holiday like Groundhog Day fun for the kids! Too bad Punxsutawney Phil the groundhog, predicted six more weeks of this dreaded winter!