As Groundhog Day approaches, the question on everyone's mind is ... "Will Phil see his shadow?" But hey, let's face it, as much as we'd all like to hope for an early spring after that walloping East Coast blizzard, chances are that Punxsutawney Phil will dash back into his hole and doom us all to another six weeks of winter.
No matter. We can deal with that. Especially when we've got all of these fun snacks and treats to help us celebrate the day. After all, who can be mad while wearing a groundhog face? Not me, that's for sure.
Want to join in the fun? Here are 10 great snacks and crafts to get you started:
1. Groundhog Day pancakes
These pancakes from The Joys of Boys are a great way to kick off the day. And they don't require any special molds or tools to make. Just whip up a batch of your favorite pancakes, add marshmallows, bananas, and chocolate chips and you're good to go.
2. Groundhog Day sandwiches
You won't need any special ingredients to make this cute Groundhog day lunch. Use any kind of sandwich filling and bread that your little one would enjoy and use this guide from Sweet and Lovely Crafts to shape it into a fun holiday treat.
3. Punxsutawney Phil graham crackers
I never realized it was this easy to make homemade graham crackers, but this recipe from Babble walks you through it. And they even include a recipe for homemade chocolate pudding for Phil to "pop" out from.
4. Groundhog Day muffin cups
They call these muffins, "pear bear" muffins, but I see a groundhog in that face design, don't you? The recipe uses spice cake mix, which I'm sure would be delicious, but you could also substitute this homemade carrot cardamom muffin recipe instead. Add some pear ears, almond teeth, and a chocolate chip nose and that is one sweet groundhog!
5. Groundhog Day mask
Do you have a paper plate and some black yarn in your craft box? Then you have everything you need to help your child whip up this cute holiday mask from I Heart Crafty Things. If you have toothpicks, you can use them to make the whiskers, but if you don't you can just paint them on instead.
6. Groundhog bread cups
The recipe for these cute teddy bear (aka groundhog) rolls from La receta de la Felicidad is in Spanish, but you can use the Google Translate feature if you don't speak the language. Funnily enough, it's actually adapted from this Japanese bear bread recipe, so you can truly test out your language skills while making these Groundhog Day treats.
7. Groundhog Day finger puppet
How cute is this?? This groundhog puppet requires a little bit of sewing, but the pattern uses felt, so it's great for kids or other beginners. Check out the directions from Rust and Sunshine.
8. Groundhog Day face
I think the giggle factor for this particular craft from 30 Minute Crafts is going to be off the charts for you and your kiddos. I'm seriously considering making this face and greeting my kids like this when they wake up (they are 10 and 13 so I'm likely to get more sighs than giggles, but who cares??)
9. Groundhog Day pudding cups
Here's another great idea from The Joys of Boys: Groundhog Day pudding cups. You can use instant pudding, or if you want to get crazy, try this vegan chocolate avocado pudding recipe and see if your kids can tell the difference. My guess is that they'll be too distracted by the cute cookie to care.
10. Groundhog Day cake
Now that you've spent the day eating Groundhog Day treats and making fun little crafts, top things off with this seriously fun cake from Cakespy. I'm not sure where she found the chocolate pasta to make the whiskers. And I have no idea how I have never heard of this deliciousness before, but it's certainly on my radar now!