We had a lot of fun learning about Willie and his cousins around the country. Our book unit was based on the book Wake Up Groundhog by Susanna Leonard Hill. The story is based upon Punxsutawney Phil which was a great introduction to the fact that different areas of the United States and Canada have their own famous groundhogs.
We made pop up groundhogs by glueing a printout of a groundhog onto a popsicle stick then cutting a hole in the bottom of a paper cup and inserting the stick. The children were able to pop the groundhog out of this 'burrow' to see his shadow.
We made these adorable footprint groundhogs.
And we glued fun foam snowflakes onto construction paper.
I printed the template included in this freebie on to brown construction paper for groundhog headbands. The children wore them today and hid in their 'burrow' until we woke them up to see if there was a shadow. I darkened the room and used a flashlight. With the headbands on, their shadow looked like a real groundhog... they LOVED that!
We coloured pictures of groundhogs, made predictions, and made shadow puppets. We also had a PJ party because everyone knows... Willie would rather have been sleeping this morning!! Hope you enjoyed your Groundhog's Day as much as we did.