I think this little rodents are absolutely adorable. In Russian, they are called, “sarok.” This week we are getting ready for Groundhog’s Day with a few kids activities and crafts.
Groundhog Day Hand Print Craft and Poem
This poem and hand print craft from Play With Me was soooo cute, that I typed it out and printed to sing with the kids. As a kindergarten teacher, we did something similar every year. The children become familiar with the songs and are soon able to connect the written word to the words they are singing. I automatically find myself pointing to the words as we sing them!
Groundhog Day Picture Books for Young Kids
Groundhog Day Snack
I usually try to have at least one fun snack a week and this is my silly attempt at a groundhog! Although these bear buns were just adorable and could easily pass for a groundhog – I wasn’t in the mood to bake the last couple days, so the standby ritz (and baby ritz) crackers, peanut butter, and raisins came out! My 5 year old said that it looks more like a bear, and I agree, but asked her to use her imagination and to just eat it!!! Do let me know if there are some other cute Groundhog day snack ideas!
Spread, add, and eat! It’s so easy, the kids can help make these little groundhog cracker snacks!
Shadow Puppet Groundhog Science Play and Learning
We had a lot of shadow puppet play this week! It encourages creative thinking and is a great way to talk about shadows. We also played outside at different times during the day and talked about how our shadow changes depending on where the sun is. My 2 year old just stares at me and then will repeat a word like “shadow,” so I don’t really know exactly how much he does or does not understand! I just know that vocabulary is so important in life and learning to read. Maybe he doesn’t get it this time, but I know that he is building these little vocabulary files in his head and that they will make connections when he is ready! More Groundhog Day crafts here.