Winter is a magical time of year! When people think of Winter they tend to think of the major holidays such as Christmas, New Year’s and Valentine’s Day. This leaves out my absolute, hands down, favorite holiday of the year, February 2nd, Groundhog Day! This fun and festive holiday can lead to so many hands-on lessons, family memories, craft projects and much more! Since tomorrow is February the 2nd, I wanted to share with all of you the magic and wonder that can be had when you celebrate and learn about Groundhog Day as a homeschooling family.
To start this holiday off right you need a festive hat, right?! Click this link to download a free copy of my Make a Groundhog Day Hat
before you head out to play a game of shadow tag
Why not add some reading fun into your Groundhog Day festivities! I created two different free readers to share with everyone based on Phil’s prediction. Wake Up Little Groundhog
is a reader to use if Phil’s prediction will be 6 more weeks of winter:
Also, why not have your child have some science fun and create a habitat for Phil? Using a shoe box, tissue paper, construction paper and whatever else you have on hand in your arts and crafts supplies you can have your child create a make believe habitat of what they think Phil’s burrow might look like (since he is not just any groundhog his burrow must be extra special, right?!). Here is the model of the burrow that Beck and Elizabeth created for Phil this year:
Make sure to download these free Groundhog Day Greeting Cards
to help spread the fun! I created 2 different sets of cards to make Phil’s prediction. These are in both color and black and white for those children who want to color in their cards for added fun.
On our homeschooling journey we also like to take the fun into the kitchen from time to time, so for some more added Groundhog Day you can make some groundhog shaped pancakes in the morning:
Then you can make some groundhog shaped grilled cheese sandwiches and serve them with lettuce behind the sandwich and a few baby carrots:
Do you want to give the kids a real thrill? For fun you can make a batch of brownies in the morning, but make sure that you have on hand some flower sprinkles and some snowflake/winter themed sprinkles and don’t add them to the batter until you are watching Phil’s prediction. Then, once you hear Phil’s prediction on Groundhog Day morning you can bake a batch of your surprise brownies for your children while they are watching all of the fun unfold on the television or the internet. They will be amazed by these magical brownies that show Phil’s prediction came true! This is last years batch:
Don’t forget to head on over to the official Groundhog Day
website of Punxsutawney. Make sure to look at all of the fun games, educational freebies, join the Phil club and make sure to pop in to their shop to pick up supplies for next year’s Groundhog Day celebration. Our family LOVES our Punxsutawney Phil in a Can:
Here are just a few of my favorite Groundhog Day Books:
Looking for more Groundhog Day lesson ideas for today or for next year? How about my Groundhog Day Unit
which is chock full of learning fun including a puppet show, science lessons, songs, predictions, historic facts, and more!
I suggest hopping over to In All You Do to check out her super fun roundup of Groundhog Day themed fun!
You can also add this fun free Groundhog Day Countdown Wall Décor to your to do list next year!
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