In my opinion, Groundhog Day is one of the most absurd holidays out there. However, it is also one of the most fun holidays to celebrate with children. And it’s coming up soon! This craft my mom invented years ago is my favorite Groundhog Day activity. Kids can act out Groundhog Day by sticking the groundhog puppet up out of the hole. On one side, if the puppet sees its shadow, it can scurry back underground. On the other side, if it doesn’t see its shadow, the puppet can dance around enjoying spring weather. It’s actually very simple to make too!
Groundhog Day Craft – Puppet
First, make your groundhog puppet. Cut out a groundhog shape from brown construction paper. Draw a face on it and glue it to a popsicle stick.
For the ground, get a big piece of white construction paper and fold it in half. Cut a curved slit large enough for the puppet to fit through on the fold. On one side draw grass or flowers to show signs of spring peeking through the snow.
Groundhog Day Craft – Spring
On the other side make a groundhog shadow for winter. Trace the groundhog puppet on black construction paper. Glue it down so it is touching the curved slit on the fold. Trim it to match the edge of the curved slit.
Groundhog Day Craft – Shadow
The best part of this project is that kids can act out Groundhog Day again and again with the little puppet.
I attended schools in the same district from kindergarten through twelfth grade. During that time, I had a total of 4 – maybe 5 tops – snow days. So far this year, that very same district is on its 6th snow day and counting… and it’s only January. Needles to say, Groundhog Day has never been more important. In an effort to butter up the little critter and persuade hime to predict an early spring, this week’s project is Groundhog Day Cupcakes.
To make these adorable treats, you will need a brownie mix, a cake mix, chocolate frosting, white frosting, red hot candies, mini chocolate chips, and regular chocolate chips. These special baking pans work perfectly for this project:
The bowl shaped brownie pan on the left makes perfect groundhog burrows (although you could also use regular muffin tins if you can’t find one of these pans), and the mini muffin pan on the right makes the groundhogs.
Make the burrows with brownie mix. They will be much more sturdy and come out of the pan much better than if you make them with regular cake (learned that the hard way!). When they are cool, frost them with white frosting so they look like snow covered burrows.
Then make the groundhogs with cake mix in mini muffin tins. After they cool, frost them with chocolate frosting. Add red hots for the mouths and chocolate chips for the ears. Use white frosting with mini chocolate chips for the eyes.
Finally nestle the groundhogs in the tops of the burrows and enjoy… and cross your fingers for an early spring!