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Groundhog Day Crafts

Will the groundhog see his shadow? Create a sun, cloud, and pop-up groundhog and find out!

  • Grades: PreK–K, 1–2, 3–5

Students can make these three crafts and then act out the different outcomes of Groundhog Day.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pop-up Groundhog

What You Need:

  • Toilet paper rolls, one per student
  • Craft sticks, one per student
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • Crayons or colored pencils
  • 12" x 9" green construction paper, one piece per student
  • Image of a groundhog's head small enough to fit through the toilet paper roll, one per student (The pictured groundhog is from Scholastic Printables.)

What You Do:

  1. Have your students cut out and color the groundhog head.
  2. Help your students glue the groundhog to the end of the craft stick.
  3. Have your students cut out pieces of green construction paper large enough to cover the toilet paper roll. They should make the paper slightly taller than the toilet paper roll so they can cut along the edge to mimic grass.
  4. Now your students can slide their groundhog in and out of the toilet paper roll to check on his shadow!

Smiling Sun

What You Need:

  • 12" x 9" yellow and orange construction paper, one sheet of each color per student
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • Pencils
  • Black crayons or markers
  • Gold glitter (optional)

What You Do:

  1. Have the students trace their hands twelve times on the yellow and orange construction paper and then cut out the hand shapes.
  2. Help your students glue their paper hands together in a circular pattern to create a sun. Note: For younger students, you may want to provide a paper plate or cut-out circle for them to glue their paper hands around.
  3. Have your students add a face to the sun using black crayons or markers.
  4. Optional: Help your students create a circle around the face by applying glue and sprinkling the gold glitter. 

Cloud Pillow

What You Need:

  • 12" x 9" white construction paper, one sheet for each student
  • 24" pieces of yarn, one per student
  • Pencils
  • Hole punches
  • Cotton balls
  • Black crayons or markers
  • A cloud-shaped template (optional)

What You Do:

  1. Have your students fold the construction paper in half, then draw a cloud or trace the cloud template onto one side of the folded construction paper.
  2. Have your students keep the paper folded and cut out the cloud shape. They should each end up with two clouds that are the same size and shape.
  3. Help your students hold the clouds together and punch holes along the outside edge of the shape, keeping the holes about an inch or so apart.
  4. Have your students draw a face on one of the clouds.
  5. Have your students tie one end of a piece of yarn through one of the holes.
  6. Show your students how to weave the yarn in and out of the holes to sewing the cloud together. Note: This may be difficult for younger students. If the hole-punch holes are too small, try punching a second set of holes next to the first set to create wider holes.
  7. Before your students pull the yarn through the last hole, have them stuff the cloud with cotton balls to make it puff out.
  8. Have your students finish weaving and tie a knot in the yarn. You can then trim off any excess yarn. 

Now your students have everything they need to act out what their groundhog will do on Groundhog Day!

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