Soon we’ll all watch to see if Punxsutawney Phil will see his shadow or not on Groundhog Day! Are you hoping for an early spring or a little more winter?
To get the kids in on the predictions and have a little fun with this holiday, have them make this fun groundhog paper plate craft!
Kids can either paint the plate to be bare ground or leave it white to be snowy ground. This is a great way to customize it to the weather in your area.
This fun and easy craft only takes a handful of supplies, including an ordinary paper plate! Kids love to transform an everyday item into a cute piece of art.
To make this craft even easier for you and the kids to put together, we’ve provided a free template for you to download.
So grab the template, the craft supplies, and see what predictions your little ones have on whether Phil will see his shadow or not!
Be sure to check out more of our paper plate crafts. There are so many fun things to make out of paper plates throughout the year, so be sure to save your favorites!
Groundhog Day Craft Idea
- Colored cardstock or construction paper
- Paper plate
- Paint (optional)
- Paintbrush (optional)
- Groundhog template (enter your email in the form at the end of this post to have the link sent to you)
Download the groundhog template, print, and cut out the pieces you need.
If you’re making the ground brown, take the paper plate and paint it in 1-2 thin coats of brown paint. Let it dry completely before moving on.
Take the paper plate and cut the top couple of inches off of the top.
Next, glue the hole in the middle and almost to the top of the flat part of the paper plate.
Place the groundhog in the middle of the hole and glue it in place.
Glue the belly to the bottom and middle of the groundhog’s body.
Next, glue the tooth in the middle of the mouth line.
Complete the groundhog by gluing the eyes beneath both of the eyebrows.
Finish up by gluing the rocks around the front of the hole.
Isn’t this such a cute and simple paper plate craft that kids will love? It’s perfect for celebrating!
Winter Ideas For Kids
Keep the fun winter crafts and activities going with some of our ideas below.
This time of year is the perfect time to do indoor activities, especially if the groundhog sees his shadow this Groundhog Day!
These winter crafts and activities are a great way to keep kids busy and having fun. We have a lot of ideas to choose from, so read on below for more projects to try with the kiddos this winter!
Winter Books For Kids
Reading books out loud to your kids is perhaps one of the best activities you can do with them. It’s an opportunity to bring a story to life, and at the same time, teach them invaluable lessons like values, ethics, and morals.
Not only that, but hearing stories read out loud helps young ones tap into their imaginations; bringing the characters and settings of the book alive in their minds!
See below for some of our favorite Groundhog’s Day books for kids.
The Night Before Groundhog Day – Help kids understand what Groundhog’s Day is all about with this fun, rhyming book!
Grumpy Groundhog – This is a humorous book about a groundhog who just doesn’t want to wake up for everyone to see on Groundhog’s Day. What will happen? Will he make it to the surface for everyone to see???
Groundhog Gets A Say – This funny book looks at all the other things groundhogs can do outside of Groundhog’s Day!
Winter Crafts For Kids
Crafting isn’t just creating, it’s also a beneficial learning tool to teach kids how to follow instructions, sharpen their gross and fine motor skills, use scissors, and much more!
Kids gain confidence and pride in their work when they complete a project. All while kids are having creative fun, they’re gaining all these great benefits, so be sure to plan some crafts today!
Groundhog Headband Craft – A great craft to make as a class at school, or with your kiddo at home to celebrate Groundhog Day! Kids love making their own headbands, and make any subject so much fun!
Paper Cup Penguin Craft – A fun way for kids to create is to transform a common item into a cute craft! An everyday paper cup will become a cute and playful penguin with just a few supplies!
Snowy Owl Name Craft – Swoop up the template for this craft so kids can practice spelling their names while they learn about these amazing arctic birds. Your little owlets become wiser each time they craft and hone their skills!
Groundhog Paper Bag Puppet – Get the kids to celebrate this lighthearted holiday by creating their own puppet! This puppet is a fun way for kids to use their imaginations and play pretend as the groundhog looking around to see if he sees his shadow.
Winter Activities For Kids
Keep kids entertained and learning with these fun and cheerful penguin dot to dot printables! Kids work on their fine motor skills and counting up to 25 when they complete the pictures by connecting the dots. Once the adorable penguins are revealed, kids will love grabbing the crayons to color them in!
Kids will have fun practicing using their scissors with this free printable polar bear cutting activity. Scissors help kids develop hand-eye coordination, hand strength, and dexterity. With these cutting sheets, kids will cut along straight, curved, wavy, and zig-zagged lines. They’ll love cutting with these four different pages featuring the cute polar bear and his adorable antics.
A fun holiday activity that kids will have a blast with are these Groundhog Day worksheets. With these printables, they can label a groundhog, work on their handwriting, and complete a letter maze. These pages are great for preschoolers to kindergarteners to develop fine motor skills, letter recognition, and using scissors.
The kids will have a blast learning with these Groundhog Day color by numbers! The pictures will be revealed as kids match the colors with the corresponding numbers. They’ll love coloring in the pictures while also working on number recognition and colors.
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More Winter Ideas For Kids
- Download the groundhog template, print, and cut out the pieces you need.
- If you're making the ground brown, take the paper plate and paint it in 1-2 thin coats of brown paint. Let it dry completely before moving on.
- Take the paper plate and cut the top couple of inches off of the top.
- Next, glue the hole in the middle and almost to the top of the flat part of the paper plate.
- Place the groundhog in the middle of the hole and glue it in place.
- Glue the belly to the bottom and middle of the groundhog's body.
- Next, glue the tooth in the middle of the mouth line.
- Complete the groundhog by gluing the eyes beneath both of the eyebrows.
- Finish up by gluing the rocks around the front of the hole.