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
A few pieces of felt, a 5 oz cup, wiggly eyes, thread (for whiskers), large Popsicle stick and glue is all you need.
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.
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.
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.
Then they added the face.
Cut a hole in the bottom of the cup for the popsicle stick to fit through.
Next, they glued felt to the outside of the plastic cup.
Then they cut slits in the felt around the top edge.
Fit the groundhog through the hole. Now you see him.
Now you don’t.
Happy Groundhog Day!
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.
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!