Groundhog Day is February 2
February 2nd is Groundhog Day! Looking for some information on groundhogs and the Groundhog Day holiday? You're in the right place!
Read on for Groundhog Day history, photos of Punxsutawney Phil, and activities for kids.
Photo from nationalgeographic.com.
Official Groundhog Day FAQ
Here are some highlights from the Frequently Asked Questions about Groundhog Day. For more great information on the history of Punxatawney Phill and the Groundhog Day celebration in Pennsylvania, visit the official site at Groundhog.org:
- Punxsutawney Phil is the only true weather forecasting groundhog. The others are just impostors.
- On February 2, Phil comes out of his burrow on Gobbler's Knob - in front of thousands of followers from all over the world - to predict the weather for the rest of winter.
- According to legend, if Punxsutawney Phil sees his shadow, there will be six more weeks of winter weather. If he does not see his shadow, there will be an early spring.
- The celebration of Groundhog Day began with Pennsylvania's earliest settlers. They brought with them the legend of Candlemas Day, which states, "For as the sun shines on Candlemas Day, so far will the snow swirl in May..."
- So the story goes, Punxsutawney Phil was named after King Phillip. Prior to being called Phil, he was called Br'er Groundhog.
Here is a cute, easy groundhog craft you can make with an empty cardboard roll. If you don't have a toilet paper tube handy, just use a piece of brown construction paper and tape it into a roll. Get the instructions here Groundhog craft.
Fun Groundhog Fact
Groundhogs eat lots of greens, fruits, and vegetables.
They don't drink much water, because they get most of their water from leaves.
Groundhog Day stuff
How did Groundhog Day get started?
Groundhog Day was born from a superstition among early German settlers. The settlers believed that if a hibernating animal casts a shadow on February 2, winter would last longer. From Scholastic.com
Groundhog Activities, Crafts, and School Lesson Plans
Need some ideas for groundhog activities or crafts? Try some of these links for ideas!
- Groundhog Day: Thumbprint Art
Download and print instructions for making thumbprint groundhogs.
- Groundhog Day: Groundhog Cookies Recipe
Groundhog Cookies Recipe
- Groundhog Day Activities and Lesson Plans
Having fun with Punxsutawney Phil. Activities within this section include: songs, poems, journal activities, craft ideas, and lesson plans.
- Groundhog Day | Scholastic.com
Thousands of people gathered today in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania and watched as the famous groundhog, known as Punxsutawney Phil, came out of his burrow at Gobbler's Knob and saw his shadow.
- Groundhog Day Crafts, Worksheets and Printable Books - EnchantedLearning.com
Groundhog Day Activities and Crafts: Groundhog Day is celebrated in the USA on February 2nd. Crafts for kids. Kindergarten, preschool, and elementary school crafts. Make wonderful, simple crafts about groundhogs using things found around the house.
- Groundhog's Day Activities - Groundhog Day Unit of Study
A collection of activities for Ground Hog's Day - coloring pages, crafts for kids, word searches, Groundhog's Day recommending reading - kids books
- Groundhog Day 2012 for Kids | Groundhog Day Crafts, Activities & Games for Kids - Kaboose.com
Groundhog Day is February 2nd. It is said that if the groundhog sees his shadow, there will be six more weeks of bad weather, and if he doesn't, that spring will be here soon.
- TLC Family "Groundhog Day Activities for Kids"
Make your Groundhog Day complete with activities that you can enjoy even in the cold winter weather. Learn about Groundhog Day activities.
- Happy Groundhog's Day
Happy Groundhog's Day! Groundhog's Day is celebrated in Canada and the United States on February 2nd each year. We watch our favourite groundhog on this ...
- Groundhog Day Crafts
Cute paper bag groundhog craft and printable groundhog hat pattern.
- Mrs. Jones - Groundhog Day
Lots of Groundhog Day activities and crafts! Even Groundhog Day songs!
Fun Groundhog Fact
A groundhog can whistle when it is alarmed. Groundhogs also whistle in the spring when they begin courting.
Have you heard a groundhog whistle?
Groundhog Cupcakes - from spoonful.com
These groundhog cupcakes are too cute! Get the recipe and instructions at spoonful. The recipe calls for Almond Joy candy, but I'm sure you can substitute another oval-shaped chocolate candy or cookie.
Groundhog Song - Yes, it exists...
So, this isn't exactly about Groundhog Day, but it's the only groundhog song I can find. It's about hunting groundhogs.
Bill Murray and the Groundhog
Fun Groundhog Fact
Groundhogs are one of the few animals that really hibernate. It's not just sleeping; it is actually a deep coma, where the groundhog's body slows down almost to death.
Groundhog Day Accessories
Going to a Groundhog Day party? Grab a top hat or a plush groundhog to take along!
Do you have a Groundhog Day story to share? Have you made the trek to Gobbler's Knob?