To you it may be a five-second blip in the news, but for your kids, Groundhog Day (Feb. 2) is a fascinating cultural event. Mark the occasion with these fun and festive ways to celebrate Groundhog Day with your kids.
1. Craft: For kids, Groundhog Day is like a giant "Peek-A-Boo" party. Will he pop up? Will he hide again? Celebrate by making a fun popup toy with your kids using a toilet paper tube, a paper groundhog and a pencil. If you need help or a template, check out this one, but feel free to get creative and let your kids come up with their own designs, too.
2. Learn: How did this crazy tradition of Groundhog Day get started? Why is it based out of Punxsutawney, Pa.? Even though you have been celebrating Groundhog Day for years, you may be surprised by how little you actually know about it. And how much your kids are willing to learn. Search the Internet with your kids (try Groundhog.org,) or hit the library and pick up a few books on the holiday to learn more.
3. Read: Speaking of books, there are a number of cute Groundhog Day stories your kids will love. Try "Go To Sleep, Groundhog!" by Judy Cox and Paul Meisel, "Ten Grouchy Groundhogs" by Kathryn Heling and Deborah Hembrook, or "Groundhog Weather School" by Joan Holub and Kristin Sorra. For some non-fiction info about the holiday, check out "Groundhog Day" by Michelle Aki Becker.
4. Eat: A holiday is not officially a holiday until you've had some snacks! Take a quick tour through Google and you'll find everything from Groundhog Day Dirt Pie to Groundhog-Shaped Meatloaf. For more run-of-the mill snacks (that kids are more likely to eat,) try Gourmet Mom On-The-Go's recipes for Groundhog Day Cookies or pancakes.
5. Stream: You've made your crafts, brushed up on your facts, read books, and eaten your way into a Groundhog Day frenzy. Now what? Now it's time to kick back and watch the show to see what Punxsutawney Phil will actually do. Can't make it to Pennsylvania? Lots of stations will broadcast the event on local TV, or you can stream it live via the Internet on VisitPA.
Do you have any predictions on whether or not Phil will see his shadow?