For the Kids: Groundhog Day Craft

Tomorrow is Groundhog Day!
If you are stuck inside today (like me!), this is a perfect craft for a snow day!  We made these every year when I taught first grade with just a styrofoam cup and some construction paper.  I made a few changes this year so I could teach Little Man all about Groundhog Day!
By sliding on a craft stick through a paper cup, the groundhog pops out of the ground to make his appearance on Groundhog Day. 
I started with a paper cup I already had on hand.  Sorting through my scrapbook paper, I found this paper that looked like dirt. Glad I finally found a use for this paper!  It was perfect for our little groundhog's home!  I used a bit of mod podge to wrap the paper around the cup.  (It's not easy to wrap a cup.  But this doesn't have to be perfect.)
Originally, I had planned to use scrapbook paper for grass, too.  I glued the grass around the top of the cup. (Do you see how wrinkled my poor grass turned out?  It's very difficult to wrap a cup! This is why I turned to Plan B.)  I cut a slit in the bottom of the cup just large enough for a craft sick.
You could easily use construction paper or foam to make a groundhog! But I used some felt, google eyes, and pompom to create my little groundhog and glued him to the end of a craft stick.
By turning the cup upside down, you can slide the groundhog up and down so it looks like he is popping up out of the ground!  
I got so frustrated with my paper grass that I came up with another idea:  I used Easter grass leftover from last Easter to make real grass!  I just took handfuls and hot-glued it on to the top of the cup.

 So the question is--will Mr. Groundhog see his shadow this year?!

More Valentine's Day projects tomorrow, I promise!
Enjoy your day today!

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Comments

  1. Definitely doing this with my little guys!! How cute is this?!!! Thanks for sharing!

  2. Cute project..my favorite book to read is A Garden for Groundhog. Lorna Balian

  3. How cute! I completely forgot about groundhog day.

  4. I totally forgot about this project. I should do it with the kiddos tomorrow.

  5. Tammy @ she wears flowers says:

    I've made these before with my students, but nothing was ever as cute as this one!! WOW!

  6. Michele {The Scrap Shoppe} says:

    Super, super cute, my friend! Keeping my fingers crossed that he does NOT see his shadow. lol! I'm over winter!

  7. Elizabeth @ Ucreate with Kids says:

    Awesome! Just featured this! :)

  8. Too stinkin' cute! I love it!

  9. JDaniel4's Mom says:

    He is super cute!

  10. That's funny, I was just browsing around and came upon your site. Look what we made today too!!
    http://www.scissorsandspatulas.com/2011/02/jacksons-peeking-groundhog.html
    I like the idea of the Easter grass. Cute!
    I'm your newest fan!
    Jen
    Scissors & Spatulas

  11. Amy @ Positively Splendid says:

    Oh my goodness – all I can say is, CUTE!

  12. The Crafty Side Of Life says:

    Haha, love this idea!!

    Please come on over and enter
    my giveaway!!
    -Amy

  13. That is so cute!! I wish that I had all the supplies right now because I want to make this right now!

  14. Designs By Shauna says:

    Oh my, that is just absolutely adorable!! Me and my kids are stuck inside today – and will be again tomorrow due to an ice/rain/sleet/snow storm. Yup, it's all coming in 2 days. Thanks for such a great idea. We'll have to check it out !!

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