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...
...or sunny, for Groundhog Day.
It's great to be a homeschooler.