Celebrating Groundhog Day + 5 Exciting Ideas for Young Students

Do we have six more weeks of winter or is spring just around the corner?

Whether you believe or not that the fate of our next couple of weeks of weather is on the line, Groundhog Day is a great way to celebrate in the classroom and a reason to enjoy exciting activities and delicious treats.

You have to come to the right place if you are looking for fun, engaging, and exciting Groundhog day themed activities to do with your pre-K to 1st grade students.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT GROUNDHOG DAY

Groundhog Day is a renowned and popular tradition that you might want to introduce to your young students. This day, which falls between the Winter solstice and the Spring equinox, is a tradition observed throughout North America nd Canada.

Groundhog's Day is indeed an exciting holiday for kids to learn about season changes! We'll all be watching with eager anticipation on February 2 to see if the groundhog Phil sees his shadow.

The groundhog is said to hide in his hole if he sees his shadow, indicating that there will be six more weeks of winter.

Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania hosts one of the most well-known Groundhog Day celebrations, where the media gathers at sunrise to observe whether the local's groundhog, Phil, casts a shadow.

GROUNDHOG DAY ACTIVITIES AND IDEAS

Holidays in the classroom are a fantastic method to keep your students interested in the lessons and make learning fun. Young learners can actively engage in winter holiday lessons with the help of Groundhog Day celebration.

Do you have any plans this year for Groundhog Day activities for your preschoolers or kindergartners? To get started on planning your celebration this year, check these Groundhog Day activities that I totally recommend.

1. Discuss About The Groundhog

Talk to your students about the characteristics of a groundhog. You can inform them that it is a furry animal that is bigger than a cat. It is also called a woodchuck. Groundhogs are vegetarians and they dig tunnels under the ground and sleep there all winter. They eat alfalfa & clover.

They can also use their imagination and let them pretend to be a groundhog and "pop" out of a cardboard box. They can use the prompt, "If I Were A Groundhog" and draw pictures about their response.

2. Make Some Groundhog Arts and Crafts

Spend the day creating adorable paper groundhogs or crafting masks for your students to wear around the classroom. They can color some art worksheets and even make shadow puppets.

Another thing is that they can make a home for the groundhog by finding a box large enough for a child to crawl in & let them decorate it. Lots of creative possibilities!

3. Watching The Event Live

While many of us won't be traveling to Pennsylvania to see Punxsutawney Phil and his shadow, many others will be watching it on TV or online on February 2!

Your preschoolers and kindergartners will be undoubtedly become thrilled about making their own predictions and learning about groundhogs after seeing Punxsutawney Phil's prediction.

4. Sing Groundhog Day Songs

Singing songs about the occasion can be loads of fun, to be honest. kids will retain more info about Groundhog Day if they do something interactive and fun. Here are some samples that I absolutely love:

LOOK ALL AROUND
(sung to "I'm a Little Teapot")

See the little groundhog,
Furry and Brown.
See the little groundhog,
Look all around,
If he sees his shadow,
down he goes.
There's more winter,
Little Groundhog knows.

WAKE UP SONG
(sung to "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star")

Wake up, Groundhog.
Time to see
What the weather's
Going to be.
Time to stretch,
Time to think,
Time to eat,
And time to drink.
Wake up Groundhog,
Time to see
What the weather's
Going to be!

5. Educate with Groundhog Day Worksheets

This February, it's quite exciting and enjoyable to celebrate Groundhog Day in the classroom and at home with printable worksheets.

For your students to delight in Groundhog Day and practice a variety of early learning skills, I've put up some worksheets, craft, and tracing activities that are great for teaching all about groundhogs and Groundhog Day on February 2.
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If you prepare ahead of time, holidays in the classroom can be a blast. I do hope you found some of these recommendations helpful for this season.

These are just a few ideas to get you started. Groundhog Day may be one of the most enjoyable holidays to celebrate with your young students (whether or not Phil sees his shadow!).

May you have a PIGARIFFIC week and I do hope you embrace the brand new year with all your students! Until the next blog, take care and stay safe.

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