The Groundhog Day activities for kids are perfect for kids of all ages. There are activities for ages 5-10 in this fun pack!
Each year, Groundhog Day is celebrated on February 2. The nation watches with anticipation to see if Punxsutawney Phil will see his shadow.
If he sees his shadow, we are going to have six more weeks of winter. If he doesn’t see his shadow, we’ll have an early spring.
Groundhog Day Activities for Kids
There are a variety of activities you can use with your kids in kindergarten and early elementary grades.
Just print out the activities you want to use, and you’re all set. These print-and-go worksheets are perfect for busy homeschool mommas like you.
Groundhog Day Word Search
This printable pack includes a fun Groundhog Day word search. Children will search for eight holiday-themed words in the grid.
Word searches are great skill builders. Kids work on reading and spelling as they search for the words. They strengthen motor skills as they circle each word they find.
Groundhog Day Predictions
Remind children what happens when groundhog emerges. If he sees his shadow, we have a longer winter. If he doesn’t see his shadow, spring is on its way.
Have them poll friends and family to see what everyone predicts will happen.
You can then use this information to discuss things like more/less, most/least, how many more, etc.
Are your children familiar with the four seasons? If not, now is a great time to remind them of the four seasons and dive a little deeper into winter and spring.
Then, have them use the graphic organizer included in today’s printable to write about which season they prefer – winter or spring – and why.
My Pet Groundhog
Now it’s time for kids to get creative. They’ll have fun filling out the graphic organizer with information about their pretend pet groundhog.
Once it’s complete, challenge older children to use the graphic organizer to write a creative story about their groundhog.
Even children who don’t write well can participate in this activity if you allow them to dictate their information to you.
Roll a Groundhog Activity
Finally, there is a fun roll a groundhog activity that all the kids can participate in.
All you need is a 6-sided die and drawing/coloring tools. Kids will roll the di, count the dots, and then use the code to determine what to add to their groundhog.
This activity can be done individually or in a group setting. If used in a group setting, you can have kids challenge each other to see who can draw their groundhog first.
More Groundhog Day Fun
• Young children can make a fun paper plate groundhog craft with dot markers or paint.
• Check out these Groundhog Day book companion printables.
Groundhog Day Books for Kids
I always include a book list in my lesson plans. I check out a variety of books to read aloud as well as books my kids can read on their own.
Below, I’ll share a handful of Groundhog Day books for kids of all ages – picture books, easy readers, and chapter books.
You choose how they best fit your plans based on your kids’ reading levels.