Groundhog day is a fun time for kids because there is always the excitement of whether the groundhog will see its shadow. Will there be six more weeks of winter? Kids will be interested to know that it is actually a sunny day that indicates six more weeks of winter. The groundhog can’t see its shadow on a cloudy day (or so the legend goes)! No matter whether the groundhog sees its shadow or not, kids can celebrate with this interactive groundhog day hat. This is such a a fun groundhog craft!
If there will be more winter, kids can hide the cloud and push the groundhog back in its hold. If winter is over, kids can hold up the cloud and let the groundhog come out! Before we begin, I always like to introduce to you some of my favorite books to go along with the craft. Here are some fun groundhog day books!
Interactive Groundhog Day Hat Craft
What you’ll need to make the groundhog day hat:
- Construction paper (brown, white, and yellow)
- Paper plate
- Elastic thread
- Hole punch
- pipe cleaners
- Washable markers
- Popsicle stick
Groundhog Craft Directions
Cut the paper plate in half. Each child will get one half. Punch two holes into either side of the flat side of the paper plate.Tie a string of elastic to each hole to make a hat.
Cut a slot in the center of the paper plate about 4 inches wide and 1/4 of an inch tall. This is the groundhog’s “home.”
Cut the popsicle sticks into 3-inch long pieces.
Make a groundhog face from brown construction paper about 2 inches tall and 3 inches wide. Cut little buck teeth from paper and glue them to the groundhog’s face. Draw eyes and a nose with a black marker.
Tape the groundhog’s head to one end of the popsicle stick.
Cut the pipe cleaner stem in half.
Cut a cloud and sun from construction paper and tape each one to one of the pipe cleaner stem pieces.
Building the Hat
The next part is just a little tricky.
Fold the tape in half lengthwise so it sticks to itself. You are making a holder for the popsicle stick so it can slide up and down and make the groundhog come in and out of its hole.
Place the popsicle stick inside the slot in the paper plate with the groundhog’s face visible from the front of the plate, but the stick is hidden in the back.
Use the strip of non-sticky tape to hold the popsicle stick in place. Tape the two ends of the non-sticky tape to the paper plate. This will hold the popsicle stick in place. Tape it tightly enough so that the popsicle stick won’t fall but will either keep the groundhog in or out of its hole.
Tape the open ends of the pipe cleaner stems to either side of the popsicle stick on the back of the hat.
Let the kids decorate the front of their groundhog hats.
If the groundhog sees its shadow, hide the cloud and show the sun. Push the groundhog inside the hole.
If the groundhog doesn’t see its shadow, hide the sun and push the groundhog out. Winter is over!
Need some Fun Winter Literacy Ideas for your classroom? Check out our Winter Literacy Fun Pack on TPT!
Madreen Karle is a master first grade reading teacher with over 30 years of classroom experience. She taught reading in a special needs and English as a Second Language classroom. After retiring she wrote a reading program to help others learn how to teach reading. She is a trusted educator and author of 5 books to help teach children to read and write. In addition to her books, she is a mentor for 3 websites that give reading teacher tips (Mrs. Karle’s Sight and Sound Reading, Mrs. Karle’s Reading Patch, and Mrs. Karle’s Handwriting Patch). Through her teaching she learned that confidence was the key to learning to read. A child who is not confident at reading does not like to read and struggles to read. Mrs. Karle created “sunshine moments” to help teach children how to grow their confidence and learn to read.
Meeghan Karle Mousaw (Madreen’s daughter) has her Master’s in Special Education. She has 8 years experience teaching children to read online. In addition, she developed a curriculum to teach children handwriting called The Handwriting Patch. With the Handwriting Patch learning is fun because children learn to draw and learn handwriting at the same time. In 2019 The Handwriting Patch curriculum became an amazon best seller the first year it was released, helping thousands of kids learn handwriting with a unique, fun method. She is mom to 6 kids, each with differently learning abilities and struggles.
The Reading Patch was established by the creators of Mrs. Karle’s Sight and Sound Reading. Together they have been featured on the NBC media outlets and Parents Magazine online. Over the last 8 years in their online platform, Madreen and Meeghan have worked tirelessly with teachers, homeschoolers and parents looking to help children learn to read to become a trusted authority in teaching children to read and advocating early literacy skills. They often partner with other educational experts to deliver the most current information to the Reading Patch community.