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!