It’s that time of year again. Today, Punxsutawney Phil, the groundhog, will emerge from his condo in the ground and peek out at his surroundings. If he sees his shadow, winter will last another 6 weeks. If not, spring is coming early! Mammalian meteorology aside, Groundhog Day is a great time to have fun, especially with the kids. It’s unique because it’s not a holiday per se, but there are still great opportunities for celebration and fun. Few things are more fun than a puppet – they’re easy to make and all you need is your imagination. I hope you enjoy making this Groundhog Day craft with your children and that they put on a good puppet show with the groundhog puppet!
Easy Groundhog Day Craft
This makes a great Groundhog Day craft for preschoolers on up through elementary school children. While toddlers may needs help and supervision with some of the steps, all of these crafting activities are great for their learning and development. These also make great groundhog crafts for toddlers because they always love to play with puppets!
- Brown lunch bag
- Brown felt
- Large googly eyes
- Black pipe cleaners
- Black Sharpie
- White felt
- Hot glue gun
How To Make a Groundhog Puppet
First, cut a rectangle out of the brown felt. It should match the part of the paper bag leading up to the flap:
You can glue the felt onto the bag when it’s ready. Next, cut a square out of the brown felt. This will become the groundhog’s head. You might want to fee hand the head on a blank sheet of paper and then use that as the template to trace onto the felt.
Use your Sharpie to draw an outline of the groundhog’s head. It should be larger than the top rectangular flap of the paper bag – this is where you’ll glue it when it’s ready.
Now use scissors to cut out two smaller, roundish pieces of felt for the ears. Put a small amount of glue on the bottom of each ear; glue them to the back of the head. Next, draw the nose on with the marker and glue on your eyes. So far, it should look something like this:
Make a small square out of the white felt and draw a vertical line down the middle – this will be your teeth. Cut the pipe cleaners until they are about the length of your ring finger to use as whiskers. Glue on your whiskers and teeth. Cut out arms with some of the leftover felt. For extra detail, draw paws with your marker.
Take the kid(s) outside and tell them if their groundhog puppet sees its shadow you’re in for a long winter, and if not, spring is on its way! You can also make groundhog pudding/Oreo dirt cups for a special treat – there are many different recipes available online.
This is also a great way to sneak in a history lesson about Groundhog Day and its origins. Have your phone or camera handy – you’re sure to make some memories with this activity! Are you making any other groundhog day crafts?