Groundhog Day Nameplate

Why

Did the groundhog see his shadow? Create a groundhog nameplate with Crayola® Color Sticks and make a prediction.


Steps

1. Groundhog Day began with Pennsylvania's earliest settlers. According to folklore, if a groundhog comes out of its burrow on February 2 on a sunny day and sees its shadow, winter will continue for six more weeks. If it’s a cloudy day and the groundhog doesn’t see its shadow, then it stays above ground as a sign that spring will arrive soon. The largest Groundhog Day celebration is held in Punxsutawney, PA., with a groundhog called Punxsutawney Phil.


2. Fold a piece of construction paper in half lengthwise. Write a name on the bottom edge of one side of the folded paper with Crayola Color Sticks. Make sure to press hard when writing the name so the color is more intense. Use the flat side of a Color Stick to color the background.


3. On a piece of construction paper, draw a cloud and a sun. Color each with Color Sticks and cut them out with Crayola Scissors.


4. Draw a circle with two small ears on a paper plate. Color the groundhog’s head adding eyes, a nose, and two front teeth with Color Sticks. Cut it out with scissors. For younger children, have an adult make a template of a groundhog head that can be traced.


5. Draw two arms about 4 inches (10 cm) long on a paper plate. Color the groundhog’s arms with Color Sticks.


6. Use a glue stick to attach the groundhog’s head to the nameplate above the written name. Then glue the cloud to the top of one arm and the sun to the top of the second arm.


7. Attach the arms to the back of the nameplate using a brass fastener. Make sure the sun and the cloud are facing out in the same direction as the groundhog’s head. Adult assistance may be required to poke the fasteners through the name plate and the arms.


8. Have children make predictions about whether it will be a sunny or cloudy day by raising the arms on the nameplate.


Safety Guidelines

Adult supervision is required for any arts & crafts project. Observe children closely and intervene as necessary to prevent potential safety problems and ensure appropriate use of arts and crafts materials. Some craft items, particularly beads and buttons, are potential choking hazards for young children. Avoid use of such small parts with children younger than 3 years. Craft items such as scissors, push pins and chenille sticks may have sharp points or edges. Avoid use of materials with sharp points by children younger than 4 years. Read all manufacturers' safety warnings before using arts and craft supplies.

Adult Assistance is required for this arts & crafts project.

Scissors—ATTENTION: The cutting edges of scissors are sharp and care should be taken whenever cutting or handling. Blunt-tip scissors should be used only by children 4 years and older. Pointed-tip scissors should be used only by children 6 years and older.

Adaptations

  • Students learn about hibernation. Identify and discuss animals that hibernate.
  • Students learn about shadows and draw the shadow of a classmate.
  • Younger students or those with special needs may need a partner or adult assistance to measure and cut the construction paper and attach arms with brass fasteners.
  • Assessment: Students read or listen to a story about Groundhog Day. Students successfully create nameplate and make a prediction.

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Supplies

crayola supplies
  • Glue Sticks
  • Blunt-Tip Scissors
  • Construction Paper
  • Color Sticks™ Colored Pencils
household supplies
  • Party Express paper plates
  • brass paper fasteners

Overview

grades

  • Grades 1 to 3
  • Special Needs

subjects

  • Science
  • Social Studies
  • Visual Arts
  • Language Arts

time

  • 30 to 60 minutes

benefits

  • Students read about the origins of Groundhog Day. Suggested reading: Groundhog Day!, Gretchen Groundhog, It’s Your Day!, Punxsutawney Phil and His Weather Wisdom, The Story of Punxsutawney Phil: "The Fearless Forecaster"

  • Students understand the concept of making a prediction.

  • Students identify the four seasons.

  • Students understand how to use a calendar.

Cirriculum

Research Canada Standards
Research UK Standards
Research U.S. Standards