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Celebrate Groundhog Day With The Kids

Fun Crafts, Recipes and Activities to Take the Edge Off of a Long Winter

Tomorrow is Groundhog Day and I know you're on the edge of your seat waiting to hear if we have 6 more weeks of winter. Well, maybe not but it's still fun to watch Punxatawney Phil and dream about Spring. To help celebrate the Groundhog's big day and have some fun with your family, I've rounded-up some super cute craft ideas, recipies and activities. 

Cook Up Some Fun

While you watch Punxatawney Phil on TV tomorrow morning, thrill the kids with these fun and easy Groundhog and Shadow Pancakes

Check out these incredibly creative Groundhog Day inspired recipes from the Gourmet Mom on the Go blog. I love the Groundhog sticking up out of the hot chocolate!

Here's a Groundhog Day fruit snack idea to treat the kids after school. If you really want to go all out, these Groundhog Day Cupcake Push-Pops are so cool!

Pure Fun

Since the day is all about seeing a shadow, why not play shadow puppets? Set up a white sheet a few feet away from a wall. Place a lamp behind the sheet near the wall. Have your kids take turns going behind the sheet and casting shadow puppets. Here’s a post I found on making a Shadow Puppet Theater that looks easy enough.

Here's an idea for a Felt Groundhog Day Finger Puppet. For toddlers, you'll love this template for cutting out and coloring a Groundhog and his shadow.

The official Punxatawney Phil website has plenty of Groundhog Day Activities to do with the kids. I’m all over the Groundhog ornaments to print out and hang from a chandelier or indoor tree but the Word Searches and coloring pages are cute, too.

Finally, if your kids are a little older, watch the Groundhog Day movie. We saw it again last weekend and my kids think it is hilarious. “Don’t drive angry!”

Do you do anything fun with your kids at home or in your classroom for Groundhog Day?

Susan McGuinness Getzinger February 02, 2012 at 03:16 PM
Adorable pancakes! Just be careful where you are feeding your kids and yourself because we don't always know what is in the food. Not until disclosure by a celebrity made this company "recall" an ingredient! "Treating scrap meat with ammonium hydroxide creates a pink goo that is used to extend meat products like chicken and beef and to kill bacteria. By M. Alex Johnson, msnbc.com"I think people need to know, so I hope you don't mind me posting this on your sight and thanks. I rather KEEP the toy & let THEM KEEP the ammoniun hydroxide and inedible meat! You may not go here, but if you do, or family & friends, they have made a recent change since Jamie Oliver made the discovery & request for positive change at a major food company: http://usnews.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/01/31/10282876-mcdonalds-drops-use-of-gooey-ammonia-based-pink-slime-in-hamburger-meat.

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