Groundhog Day is February 2nd and if you are looking for something to do in your homeschool, we’ve put together a list of Groundhog Day activities for preschoolers.
While it’s not an actual holiday, it can still be celebrated as an educational holiday. Celebrating and learning more about Groundhog Day can be fun and exciting for kids.
Is Groundhog Day a holiday?
No, Groundhog Day is not a public holiday. We do love observing the day and doing fun Groundhog Day activities, but businesses and workplaces will still be open.
In America, we started the tradition in the late 1800’s in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania. That is why we call the groundhog Punxsutawney Phil.
Tradition has it that if the groundhog sees his shadow on February 2, he will be frightened and return to his burrow and we will have 6 more weeks of winter. If he doesn’t see his shadow, spring is on the way and we can expect warmer weather.
While the tradition may not always be correct, it’s fun for kids and adults to see and celebrate the day and to see if he sees his shadow. It’s also fun to see if he can actually predict the weather. Add in some fun Groundhog Day activities and you have a memorable experience with lots of learning.
Groundhog Day Activities for Preschoolers
Celebrating Groundhog Day can be a fun way for kids to learn more about history. They can learn the story behind it, more about the state it started in, and even learn more about groundhogs.
4. Hat Craft
7. Paper Puppet