It’s that time of year when we sit and wait to see if the groundhog will see his shadow! Here are three fun crafts involving shadows, and things you may find around the house that can help you and your kids celebrate groundhog day.
(If you will be doing these crafts with young children, it might be a good idea to read a book or two about Groundhog Day before making crafts. Letting them see what a groundhog looks like and where it lives will be a helpful start.)
Now all you need to do is choose the craft that is best for you and your family!
1) Shadow puppets – Target age, three to eight
Blank wall space
A) Start by cutting out shapes in the construction paper – you can make animal shapes, clothing, or anything your imagination desires. You can even use the groundhog from the craft below.
B) Attach your cutouts to popsicle sticks.
C) Place your large flashlight on a table so that the beam shines against your wall space.
D) Make sure the room is dark,so close the curtains or blinds, and turn off the lights.
E) Make a shadow puppet show – use the popsicle sticks to move your figures around, and watch your shadows come to life.
2) Make a groundhog – Target age, two to five
Brown construction paper and other assorted colors
Tissue paper in dark colors
Wrapping paper tube or long stick
A) Cut out a large egg shaped piece from the construction paper – this will be the groundhog’s body.
B) Cut out small triangles for the ears and nose in a darker color.
C) Cut out a small tail from the brown paper.
D) Cut out many small squares from brown, black, gray and white tissue paper.
E) Glue the tail to the oval of a large body.
F) Have your child layer the tissue paper on top of each other so it looks like a groundhog, and use a glue stick to secure.
G) Glue on eyes and nose.
Additionally: You can attach your groundhog to the end of a wrapping paper tube or a long stick to act out when the groundhog sees its shadow. Use your groundhog as a shadow puppet for the first activity to see what happens when he sees his shadow.
3) Groundhog burrow – Target age, four to five
Old fabric, tissue paper, washcloths – anything you have around the house which might act as groundhog bedding
Paper towel tubes or other left over cardboard tubes
Assorted stones, sticks, leaves etc.
You can make a burrow for your groundhog. Fill your shoebox with old washcloths, leftover fabric, or tissue paper. Talk about how this is where the groundhog might sleep. You can decorate it with sticks, rocks, or just cover it with the fabric or paper.
Talk about how groundhogs sometimes dig quite deep; you can make your own tunneling system so they can go deeper. You can simulate this by attaching cardboard tubes to your burrow and building a tunneling system.