After a long nap, Punxsutawney Phil will be coming out of his burrow to share some big news. Will we have six more weeks of winter or an early spring? Let your kiddos make their own predictions and display their hypotheses as a fun bulletin board display! Use this adorable craft and writing activity to discuss the yearly tradition of Groundhog Day.
How Do I Make The Groundhog?
Included in this download are an image of the completed craft, step by step instructions to complete the craft, two types of templates and a writing prompt. Simply print the blank templates onto colored paper to cut out with your students. You can also print the labeled templates onto plain paper. Then, trace the templates onto construction paper and cut the shapes out. This makes it easy to save the plain templates and reuse them each year.
After the shapes are cut out, students will paste them together and complete the writing prompt. For this writing prompt, students predict whether Phil WILL or WILL NOT see his shadow on February 2nd. The kids love seeing whether or not they were right on Groundhog Day. Hanging these in the hallway will make for a fantastic winter display!
Why Make Predictions about Groundhog Day?
Kids love making predictions as they learn about how the world works. Forming hypotheses and making simple predictions are not only fun, but they make for great group discussions. Students can share their opinions and reasonings in a healthy manner through simple tasks such as this Groundhog Day writing prompt and craft. They enjoy talking about what they think will happen and then finding out what the Groundhog saw.
Other Uses for the Groundhog Craft
As always, my crafts are great to use with the study of a letter, especially in preschool and kindergarten. If you study the letter G in February, you can incorporate this activity to scaffold learning for little learners. Teach them about Groundhog Day and then wrap up the lesson by reviewing the letter G and the sound it makes.
This craft is also a fantastic fine motor activity because kids have to cut around both curved and straight lines. The Groundhog’s little hairs are an added obstacle, but great for practicing those cutting skills. If your little ones need extra assistance, you can cut out part of the craft ahead of time and let them finish it up. I like to do the tricky edges but leave the straight lines for those that need it.
You can use this activity as morning work by having students cut out their shapes when they enter the classroom. Then, during writing time, they can complete the writing portion of the craft. After everything is complete, the pieces can be glued together and shared with the rest of the class.
This February, I hope you can make use of this scientific craftivity. I love crafts that have a purpose, and I know you do too! Grab the Groundhog Craft from my store and be sure to check out my other fun craftivities.
Check out the craft in action in this quick video!
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