When you think about it, Groundhog Day is a pretty silly holiday. Fortunately enough, most kids like silly. In honor of Groundhog Day, we’ve put together this fun list of ways you can celebrate Groundhog Day with kids.
What is Groundhog Day?
Groundhog Day is a North American tradition, celebrated in both the United States and Canada. It is said to come from early Pennsylvania Dutch lore, which stated if a groundhog emerged from its den and was startled by its shadow, winter would continue for six more weeks. However, if the groundhog does not see its shadow, you can get ready for an early spring. Today, Punxsutawney Phil, the world’s most famous groundhog, lets us know if we should bundle up, or pack away our mittens for the year. We should note, that studies have shown no correlation between a rodent seeing its shadow, and the weather, but it is still fun to celebrate! Here are a few ideas…
Ways to Celebrate Groundhog Day With Kids
Read a Groundhog Day Book
There are all sorts of fun, groundhog-themed, books you can read with your little one. A few of our favorites include Groundhog Gets a Say, Grumpy Groundhog, and Groundhog’s Day Off. You can enjoy the read-along versions, or discover what’s in stock at your local library.
Create a Groundhog-Themed Treat
Groundhog Day doesn’t typically warrant a feast, family get-togethers, or the preparation of traditional foods. However, that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a tasty treat in honor of Punxsutawney Phil. You could create a “dirt pie” using Oreos, groundhog-shaped cookies, or these adorable groundhog pudding cups.
Watch the Festivities in PA
Have your family tune in to see what Phil has to say about spring in 2023. If you can’t catch it live, your local news station will likely have coverage of the event. And there is always the replay on YouTube!
Learn About the Weather
Groundhog Day presents the perfect opportunity for a science lesson. You can conduct a weather experiment, read about the weather, or try to forecast the weather for yourself. It’s a great chance to learn about temperatures, humidity, barometer readings, and more!
Fun With Shadow Puppets
Just like Phil, you can have a little fun with your shadow right at home! Show your kids how to make some fun shadow puppets, then let their imaginations run wild. You may be surprised that something so simple, can be so much fun.