These were the most fun groundhog activities we have done so far! I know that Groundhog Day is February 2nd and many celebrate the little rodent who tells the world (well, at least the Western Hemisphere) whether Spring is coming early or if we will have 6 more weeks of Winter. But honestly, no offense to Punxsutawney Phil, but these Groundhog Day Activities & Free Printables in this post can be used anytime. Enjoy!
Here are the Groundhog Day books we read:
- Groundhog’s Day Off
- Who will see their shadow this year
- Groundhog Weather School: Fun Facts About Weather and Groundhogs
- Groundhog Day – non-fiction
Here are regular groundhog books we read:
- Groundhogs! Learn About Groundhogs and Enjoy Colorful Pictures – Look and Learn! (50+ Photos of Groundhogs) – non-fiction *This one is a free Kindle download as of Jan. 2016
- Groundhogs: Woodchucks, Marmots, and Whistle Pigs (The Wild World of Animals) – non-fiction
- A Garden for Groundhog
- Groundhogs: Children Book of Fun Facts & Amazing Photos on Animals in Nature – A Wonderful Groundhogs Book for Kids aged 3-7 *Free on Kindle right now (Jan. 2016)
Fun fact: Did you know that another name for a groundhog is marmot?
I made these groundhog coloring pictures for my little artist because she is so creative and loves to color while I read, while I sing and even when we are saying our memory verses.
She also enjoyed playing with friends of the groundhog… animals that are somehow related and similar characteristics: the otter, the river otter, the squirrel and the prairie dog. These are part of the mini animal replicas that we love.
While my little girl was busy with her fun work, my oldest was busy solving some mazes. He loved these activities! All three of them! I made three levels (3 mazes) for him to solve.
They progress in difficulty, which is right up my son’s alley. He loves challenges! I handed him the first one and told him what to do and he was off, in his own little world, quietly and intently solving the mazes.
There are predators in level 1 to show children which areas to avoid. Level 2 lists what groundhogs (marmots) eat and so now the children learn to find which way to go by finding the food they eat. Both skills (avoid and go-to) are very important for children to develop.
Level 3 is the hardest because it is blank… no clues to find the right way. The first two levels were great preparation for this level and I believe that level 3 could be solved without help. At the end, Brother let Sister, the artist, color the pictures on the mazes. What a sweet boy!
Groundhog Day Activities & Free Printables
So what do you think? Are you ready for your awesome printables? They are right here!