Get Creative with Kids’ Groundhog Day Play
Celebrate Groundhog Day with a few family-fun activities! The kids can play with shadows, make puppets and even get in a game of dress-up. These ideas are appropriate for children of all ages and can easily fill a chilly winter day with hours of indoor play.
Will Punxsutawney Phil see his shadow or not? That is the question of the day for Groundhog Day. Use this time as a way to explore shadows with your little learner. Don’t worry about the chilly February weather. You can do this one inside too. Instead of using the sun, use a bright light to cast shadows. Have your child create shadow shapes using their hands, arms, feet or entire bodies. Trace the shadows onto long pieces of butcher paper. Add an extra element of artsy fun and decorate the shadow drawings.
A paper plate and a craft stick are the perfect materials to make a Phil puppet. Give your crafty kiddo crayons to draw on a Phil face. Tape the craft stick to the back of the plate, using it as a handle to hold the puppet up. Now your child is ready for a day of groundhog play.
Create a groundhog costume using brown sweatpants, a brown sweater or a thick brown robe. Have your child play the role of Phil, looking for their shadow.