This interactive craft is a fun way to teach your students about Groundhog Day.
What You Need:
- 7- by 12-inch sheet blue construction paper, one per student
- 9- by 12-inch sheet white construction paper, one per student
- Paper bags or brown butcher paper cut into 5- by 4-inch sheets, one per student
- White paint
- 4- by 3-inch pieces light brown construction paper, two per student
- 2- by 1-inch piece dark brown construction paper, one per student
- Black markers or crayons
- Small pieces of hard white chewing gum
- Craft sticks, one per student
- Cotton balls
- 4- by 5-inch piece black construction paper, one per student
What You Do:
- Have your students glue the blue construction paper vertically to the white construction paper so the white paper is visible on the sides of the blue paper.
- Ask your students to crumple the paper bag or butcher paper until it is well crinkled. Then have the students place glue on the side edges of the brown paper and glue it near the bottom of the blue construction paper. It should not quite touch the bottom edge of the blue paper, and only the sides should be glued down (this will allow students to move the groundhog up and down).
- Have the children paint white snowflakes onto the blue construction paper. Set it aside to dry.
- To create the groundhog, your students will work with the two pieces of light brown construction paper. For the head, your students should cut angles into each corner of one piece of the brown paper. This will give the head a rounded shape.
- Have your students glue the head to the top of the other piece of brown construction paper, which will become the groundhog’s body.
- To create ears, have the students fold the small piece of dark brown construction paper in half. Help the students cut a semi-circle shape into the folded paper. They should be able to then cut on the fold to create two ears.
- Have your students fold down the straight edge of each ear and glue the folded sections to the top corners of the head to complete the ears. They should be glued so the ears stick out from the rest of the craft.
- Have the students use a black crayon or marker to draw on the eyes, nose, mouth, and arms of the groundhog, as shown.
- Have students glue two pieces of the hard white chewing gum onto the groundhog’s mouth to represent teeth.
- Help students glue one craft stick to the back side of their groundhog. Set the groundhogs aside to dry completely.
- Students can gently pull apart the cotton balls and glue the cotton across the top of the crinkled brown paper on their crafts.
- Now students can slide the groundhog down behind the brown paper so the craft stick is visible at the bottom of the paper, as shown. This allows the children to move the groundhog in and out of his home.
- Have your students use black construction paper to cut a shape that resembles the outline of the groundhog. This will be his shadow.
- On Groundhog Day, if the groundhog sees his shadow, glue the shadow next to the groundhog as shown in the photo of the finished version and expect six more weeks of winter. If the groundhog doesn’t see his shadow, then don’t glue it on and expect an early spring!
Read Wake Up, Groundhog! by Susanna Leonard Hill. Discuss with your students the essential literary elements of the story, such as the characters, the main idea, and the sequence of the story. Refer to the last page of the book to give your students information about Groundhog Day and Punxsutawney Phil. Let your students interact with their art project by taking it outside and acting out the story.