What to Celebrate this Week: Groundhog’s Day!

by Stefanie on January 27, 2010

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When: Tuesday, February 2nd
: Legend decrees that if Phil sees his shadow on February 2nd, six more weeks of winter weather will befall the world. But if no shadow is apparent we’re in for the delights of an early spring!

Groundhog Day comes once a year and its arrival is eagerly awaited by thousands of famous Phil’s faithful followers. Nowhere in the world is Phil’s prediction more anxiously awaited than in Punxsutawney, PA, the HOME OF THE GROUNDHOG!

But even if you won’t be in Punxsutawney this Feb.2nd you can still celebrate the great American tradition!

Top Hats & Mustaches What to Wear:

A top hat and a mustache!

What to Do:

Send an Ecard:
Don’t let your friends forget to celebrate!

Trace a friend’s shadow!

Make shadow puppets!

What to Sing:

Groundhog’s Day, I looked around,
Saw my shadow on the ground
Yes I saw my shadow, when I took a peek
That means winter 6 more weeks!

I’m a little groundhog round and plump
Here is my shadow here is my rump
Oh I’m a little groundhog short and plump
I see my shadow I see my rump.

Little groundhog down below,
Underneath the wintry snow.
Come on out and tell us true…
Is Spring coming? Is Winter through?

I’m A Little Groundhog (sung to I’m a Little Teapot)

I’m a little groundhog, furry and brown,
See me pop while I look around,
If I see my shadow, down I’ll go
Six more weeks of winter, oh no!

Mr. Groundhog (sung to Frere Jacques)

Mr. Groundhog, Mr. Groundhog.
Are you there? Are you there?
Will you see your shadow?
We all want to know
On this day, Groundhog Day.

What to Play:

Groundhog Day Trivia:

  • All groundhogs have 22 teeth.
  • Groundhogs hibernate one to a burrow, with at least two doorways.
  • Males emerge earlier than females each spring.
  • Groundhogs can lose 50% of their body weight in hibernation.
  • They can swim and climb trees.
  • Groundhog Day was once celebrated by ancient Celts. It’s halfway between the winter solstice and spring equinox.

Hot Hog

This game is Punxsutawney’s version of “Hot Potato.” Arrange participants in a circle. Give one a stuffed groundhog, or a picture of a groundhog taped to a ball. As the music plays everyone passes the groundhog around the circle. When the music stops the person holding the groundhog is OUT. Play continues until there is only one Groundhog King or Queen left.

Toss the Hog

How do you get that groundhog back in it’s hole? Well, you “TOSS THE ‘HOG!”

You will need one ball decorated as a groundhog (use a coonskin cap from PartyLand pulled over a small playground ball or tape on groundhog features or draw them), a trashcan (decorated as a burrow black or brown construction paper from PartyLand), and a masking tape line on the floor. racoon hat
Have the contestants line up at the indicated spot. Each contestant gets three chances to send the ‘hog home! Sort players into categories according to their success (0, 1, 2, or 3 ‘hogs in the can). Have students with the highest numbers of successful throws continue competing until there is a winner. Vary the distance, number of throws, etc. to make the game more or less difficult. The prize could be a groundhog cookie, a pencil, or they can keep the “hog” ball and hat.

More Fun Groundhog  Activities:

Color Phil, Phil’s Wordsearch, Phil’s Maze

And don’t let February 2nd pass by without watching Groundhog Daygroundhog-day-movie-poster the movie!

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