Groundhog Day Activities and Rhymes

Groundhog Day is February 2nd. The legend says that if Punxsutawney Phil, the groundhog, sees his shadow on February 2nd, then there will be six more weeks of winter weather. If he does not see his shadow, then spring is just around the corner. Celebrate Groundhog Day with your kids with some fun Groundhog Day activities, books, rhymes, and crafts.

Groundhog Day Rhyme
Original Author Unknown

Old Groundhog stretched in his leafy bed.
He turned over slowly and then he said,
"I wonder if spring is on the way,
I'll go and check the weather today.
If I see my shadow between eleven and noon,
I then will know that I'm out too soon.
I'll crawl back in bed for six weeks more,
Pull up the warm covers and snore and snore.
But if no shadow gives me a scare,
I know that spring is in the air,
I'll wake my friends and wish them cheer,
With glorious news that spring is here."

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I'm a Little Groundhog
(Tune of "I'm a Little Teapot")
Original Author Unknown

I'm a little groundhog short and stout,
February second I will come out.
If I see my shadow they will shout,
"Six weeks more winter without doubt!

Free Groundhog Craft and Activity

Mr. Groundhog's Day
Original Author Unknown

On February second
The groundhog looked about
The sun was shining brightly
But his shadow wasn't out.

Mr. Woolly Bear was watching
The groundhog search around
"Mr. Groundhog look behind you
Your shadow's on the ground."

"Hooray", the groundhog shouted
"For once we both agree
Six more weeks of winter weather
Six more weeks of sleep for me."

Groundhog Winter or Spring? Folder Game (Available inside our KidsSoup Resource Library)

preschool and kindergarten groundhog spring or winter folder game
Preschool Activities: 

Will He See His Shadow? Groundhog Day Activities from Scholastic

Groundhog Day Finger Play
(Tune of "Where is Thumbkin? / Frere Jacques")
Original Author Unknown

Where is groundhog? Where is groundhog? (Thumb behind back)
Here I am! Here I am! (Bring thumb forward)
Shadows on this sunny day, (wiggle thumb)
Frighten groundhogs all away. (Thumb behind back)
Winter will stay! Winter will stay!

Where is groundhog? Where is groundhog? (Thumb behind back)
Here I am! Here I am! (Bring thumb forward)
My, oh my, a cloudy day. (Wiggle thumb)
I will stay outside to play. (Move thumb around)
Spring is near! Spring is near!

Groundhog Books:

Go To Sleep, Groundhog! Who Will See Their Shadows
This Year?
Groundhog Day!
Gregory's Shadow Ten Grouchy Groundhogs Groundhog Gets a Say
Scholastic Reader Level 1:
Groundhog Day


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