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Felt Groundhog Finger Puppet

Posted by  ·  February 2, 2018  ·  Last Updated: February 2, 2018

Today is Groundhog Day. Celebrate Groundhog Day with a felt hiding groundhog puppet. According to the story, if a groundhog comes out of its hole on this day and sees its shadow, there will be six more weeks of winter weather; no shadow means an early spring. I am always voting for an early spring this time of year. I am not sure how they actually know if the groundhog sees his shadow but it is a fun tradition to celebrate and young children, especially elementary age love getting into it.  This is a great last minute craft idea you can do today to celebrate groundhog day! Has winter got you down? Is it still cold and snowy where you are?  If you have snow kids will love making this snow ice cream!  Yes, you can really make ice cream from fresh clean snow. When you are done playing in the snow come inside and warm up with this snowman hot chocolate.

Felt Groundhog Finger Puppet

Groundhog Day

Celebrate Groundhog Day

A few pieces of felt, a 5 oz cup, wiggly eyes, thread (for whiskers), large Popsicle stick and glue is all you need.

celebrate groundhog day

I made groundhog finger puppets for my crafting partners.  To give the ears dimension, I folded the sides of the ears to the center and place them between the two body pieces and machine sewed around the edge.

celebrate groundhog day with this groundhog puppet

Add some facial details and you have a groundhog finger puppet.   To use the finger puppet for the hiding groundhog just place it over a large popsicle stick.

groundhog day

My crafting partners also made their own groundhog puppets. To make it simple for them they glued their groundhog pieces directly to the popsicle stick.

ground hog puppet

Then they added the face.


Cut a hole in the bottom of the cup for the popsicle stick to fit through.

groundhog puppet

Next, they glued felt to the outside of the plastic cup.

ground hog

Then they cut slits in the felt around the top edge.

groundhog day ideas

Fit the groundhog through the hole. Now you see him.

groundhog activities

Now you don’t.


Happy Groundhog Day!

ground hog

Just when you think you have thought of the most clever craft ever, you then find others have thought of it also.  I have seen similar groundhog puppets around the web. If you have a similar craft or fun idea to celebrate Groundhog Day please leave a link in the comments so everyone can check it out!

Can you believe this is a groundhog shaped meatloaf? It was made by Sommer, a Skip to my Lou reader.

groundhog food

Sommer said she was surprised at how easy and fun it is to shape meatloaf.  She says if you bake your normal meatloaf on a foil covered cookie sheet, you can pretty much shape it into whatever you want.  The eyes are olives and the whites of his eyes and teeth are mashed potatoes.  Her family calls it the Ground-Groundhog Meatloaf.  I think she should be a food sculptor. Sommer has some skills!


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  1. Sunday, April 7th, 2013
    I located what I used to be looking for.
  2. Saturday, February 11th, 2012
    Just stopping by to let you know that I've featured your craft on Family Fun Crafts! You can see it here:

    If you have other kid friendly crafts, I'd love it if you would submit them. :) If you would like to display a
    featured button on your site, you can grab one from the right side bar of your post above.
  3. Wednesday, April 14th, 2010
    I linked to this post on my blog

    Thanks for the great inspiration! :-)
  4. Saturday, February 13th, 2010
    I'm STILL laughing about this - in a good way! SO cute!! We're definitely doing this next year. I linked on my weekly roundup, the post is under my name. Thanks for sharing!
  5. Nuria
    Wednesday, February 10th, 2010
    Gracias, es justo lo que estaba buscando... tiene una pinta estupenda... a mi hija le gustará mucho.

    Thanks, it´s just what I was looking for, it´s so cute... My daugther will enjoy so muchh ;-)

    Sorry my english
  6. Saturday, February 6th, 2010
    What a great, smart, funny, cute idea those puppets are! You are so clever. Love these, will have to remember them for next year, when Jessie's in Kinder!
  7. Wednesday, February 3rd, 2010

    m ^..^
  8. Emily
    Wednesday, February 3rd, 2010
    BRILLIANT! I love it! I can't wait to make one!
  9. Wednesday, February 3rd, 2010
    I love the finger puppets. I will have to make some for next year. For groundhogs day we made some Groundhog snacks using a banana. I blogged about it yesterday.

    I was just told about your blog and love it. I'll be back!
  10. Wednesday, February 3rd, 2010
    Love those finger puppets!
    MMM...meat loaf!
  11. Wednesday, February 3rd, 2010
    What a great craft. I'm making a note of it to do for next year. It is really adorable. Thank you!
  12. Becky
    Wednesday, February 3rd, 2010
    I loved this! My daughter made this yesterday. So cute!
  13. Jessica
    Wednesday, February 3rd, 2010
    Thanks for the great idea! I made a couple of these tonight to surprise our tots with in the morning - they're both sick with colds but maybe it will perk them up.
  14. Tuesday, February 2nd, 2010
    Made the puppet this morning and posted link on my blog. So cute!!
  15. Tuesday, February 2nd, 2010
    Adorable. I love puppets and my son would love to make these. We could do so many different animals. Thanks for the idea.
  16. Sarah
    Tuesday, February 2nd, 2010
    How adorable! I love it!
  17. Tuesday, February 2nd, 2010
    LOL love it!!! How fun
  18. Tuesday, February 2nd, 2010
    What a cute project! I can't wait to make one with my Stinkerbell!

    And...that meatloaf has got to be one of the funniest things I have ever seen!!! The only odd part would be chopping him up to eat...that would creep me out a little!

  19. Tuesday, February 2nd, 2010
    I loved the meatloaf...found it very funny! Especially the little x's that are formed from pitting the olives :) Too funny! Reminds me of the cartoons as a kid...you knew they had died based on the x's...and the tongue sticking out but this 'hog died grinning!

    Happy G Day!
  20. Tuesday, February 2nd, 2010
    As soon as the first picture popped up on my screen I had to laugh...this is such a cute project...love the chomper teeth. Thanks for sharing...come say hi sometime!
  21. Jenny
    Tuesday, February 2nd, 2010
    Oh, my, so fun! Your crafting partners are amazing and so talented! That is the cutest groundhog puppet I have ever seen! Great idea!
  22. Tuesday, February 2nd, 2010
    THis is so cute!! Is it groundhogs day already?!
  23. Tuesday, February 2nd, 2010
    This is the cutest groundhog I've ever seen!! What an absolutley darling idea! I think we might try it out of paper this year...but the felt is SO cute!
  24. Tuesday, February 2nd, 2010
    I am in love with the puppets!!!! I need to borrow someone's kids so I can have an excuse to make some :)

    and the meatloaf feature is too cool for words. Thanks for the inspiration:)

    ~ Emily N. from "too Blessed to Stress"
  25. Amy B.
    Tuesday, February 2nd, 2010
    Cute idea! And thanks so much for putting the whole post in your reader feed (if I have my terminology correct)!
  26. Tuesday, February 2nd, 2010
    That's adorable! My brother's birthday is Feb 2. I wonder if he'd like one of these.....LOL! He's 47. Thanks for sharing. I'd love it if you joined my link party at childmade.com. I've linked some of your ideas already but just can't keep up with them all.
  27. Tuesday, February 2nd, 2010
    Sooo cute! Thanks for sharing this!
  28. amelia
    Tuesday, February 2nd, 2010
    Oh i love this, I'm totally making this with my boys.
  29. Tuesday, February 2nd, 2010
    It's not often you see crafts for Groundhogs Day- I love it!

    Please feel free to stop by the Talented Tuesday at My Frugal Family link party, and add your weekly craft links!

    It's found at theherberfamily.blogspot.com
  30. Adrienne
    Tuesday, February 2nd, 2010
    What a great idea! I will have to do this with my son after school! I love your blog!

  31. Tuesday, February 2nd, 2010
    SO cute! Yours is the first I've seen:). I love it! Maybe I'll try it with my kids after school! Thanks!
  32. Tuesday, February 2nd, 2010
    This is a neat idea! I just may have to do this with my son when he gets home from school. Thanks for sharing!

  33. stephanie
    Tuesday, February 2nd, 2010
    Too cute! Change it up a little bit and these would also make great rabbits for spring/Easter.. Love your blog! I come here everyday for homeschool craft ideas..
  34. KellyK
    Tuesday, February 2nd, 2010
    I come here everyday to enjoy the cuteness but I am with Andrea that Groundhog meatloaf gave me the willies! Meatloaf a la "What Happened to Baby Jane!
  35. Tuesday, February 2nd, 2010
    I was going to have my boys make one out of paper, but now I might have to go & get some felt! So cute!
  36. Tuesday, February 2nd, 2010
    I just love those cute little puppets! What a great idea and easy for small hands to do.
  37. Tuesday, February 2nd, 2010
    This project is too cute...and that meatloaf is hilarious! Thanks for sharing...
  38. Katrina
    Tuesday, February 2nd, 2010
    This is SO adorable! Thanks for sharing - and for reminding me it's Groundhog Day! (Also many thanks for changing your RSS feed settings - I can now see your whole posts on my Google Reader! Yay!!)
  39. Tuesday, February 2nd, 2010
    What an adorable groundhog! I'm going to share that with my son's school.
  40. Tuesday, February 2nd, 2010
    Those puppets are cute! What a clever idea! I'm not sure I could make a groundhog (or any animal) shaped meatloaf though! Okay, maybe a cow shaped meatloaf because that would just be funny.