Happy Groundhog Day!
We Pennsylvanians are partial to good ol' Phil every February 2nd (did you know he's a Steeler fan?!), but this morning we had an extra bit of love for him. No shadow! Hooray! We're ready for Spring.
No matter where you're from though, this holiday is a great opportunity to teach your kids a few things about history, animals, science and weather. Here are some fun ideas.
1. Make! Landon created this adorable little Peek-a-boo Groundhog at preschool today. Very easy, and super cute!
Make a cute, little brown blob on a stick...otherwise known as a groundhog. :)
Cover a styrofoam cup in some nice green grass (or leave it white to represent snow...much more authentic, actually).
Poke Phil's stick through the bottom of the cup. Play peek-a-boo as you push him up and down.
2. Sing! Most children learn through song. Try this one.
"I'm a Little Groundhog"
(to the tune of "I'm a Little Teapot")
I'm a little Groundhog,
fat and brown.
above the ground.
I sure hope my shadow,
'Cause if it does,
we'll have more snow.
by Diane Thorn
3. Watch! This video is just right for little ones, and very informative. Even I learned a few new things about dear Phil. Helpful hint...let it buffer for a few minutes while you round up the kiddos.
Welcome Spring!! Thanks, Phil! :)