Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Groundhog Day Craft


I set up a quick Groundhog Day craft for the younger girls (ages 5 and 7), using a groundhog template from AllKidsNetwork.com, construction paper circles, cotton balls, optional stickers, and crayons. Actually just about all the supplies are optional, any groundhog template could be used, you could even draw your own. I just happen to think the All Kids Network groundhog is especially cute.

The only thing you really have to have for this craft are the construction paper circles - two blue and one green for each child, and glue, and crayons. The rest is extra, just for fun.

The green circle gets cut in half and glued over the bottom half of each blue circle.


On one of the blue circles you need to write a message around the top half of the circle, something to the effect of - Six more weeks of winter. Then, flip the circle over, bringing the writing toward you, and print another message on the top of the backside, such as - Spring is coming soon, or something like that. I printed the messages for C (age 5), but had E (age 7) print her own.


So, you should have two blue circles, each with a green half, glued on the bottom of the front, and one with writing on each side, across the top.


Cover the top half of the blue circle, with the green bottom and no writing, with glue, and stick it to the back of the other circle, the side without the green, sticking the blank blue half, to the blank blue half of each circle. Or, if you take the "Spring is coming soon!" circle from the picture above and move it over on top of the green and blue circle with glue only on the blue part - you'll have it, too.


Have the children color in two groundhogs each, and trace, and cut out one black construction paper groundhog shadow. The size of the groundhogs will depend on the size of your circles. You want them to be about three quarters as long as the radius of the circles...



...so the children can glue them to the circles ,standing on the green "grass", with the words over them in the blue "sky". We also glued on a pulled-apart, cotton ball cloud, and colored flowers on the shadowless grass...


...and added a sticker dot sun in the sky, and glued on cotton ball snow, along with the shadow, under the groundhog predicting six more weeks of winter.


Now, we're ready...


...cloudy...


...or sunny, for Groundhog Day.


It's great to be a homeschooler.

10 comments:

Phyllis said...

That is adorable!!

Ticia said...

OKay, my brain is so not working this morning because I'm totally not tracking how it was put together until I got to the bottom.

It may have had something to do with the 3 kids yelling in my ear.

LOVE it!

An Almost Unschooling Mom said...

Ticia - Don't worry, it's not your brain - I had a terrible time typing out instructions for this - it's so simple, but it sounds so confusing when you put it into words - If you had the pieces in front of you though, I'm pretty sure you'd see it right away.

mom4 said...

This is really cute ..i might just have to change to this tomorrow thanks for sharing . you always do great things jess at abc'shouse

Wonder Mom said...

WHY is it that sometimes the simplest of activities is the HARDEST to put together mentally for me too? I am betting it is due to the lack of brain cells I now have, which were donated to my children when I grew them in my womb... ;0)

Bluefield said...

I'm with Ticia and Wonder Mom...whew! But very fun :)

Christy said...

Adorable! I love it.

Raising a Happy Child said...

Very cute craft. Our local paper groundhogs predict 6 more weeks of winter too. However, it's 70 degrees out and been that way for most of winter so far.

Maria said...

I love your idea! I will teach it today to my classroom!

Suzane @KawarthaMums said...

Love this ! Adding to our Pinterest Groundhog Day collection for a later blog review.