Happy Groundhog’s Day
Every year people mention how stupid Groundhog Day is, but I personally like it. Groundhog Day may seem like a crazy holiday to celebrate and trust me we don’t go crazy, I mean it is a day about a rodent predicting the weather, but I like to have fun with my family and any time I can squeeze a little of that in, I try.
I think groundhogs are cute and there is something about the ritual, the hoping that spring will come quicker. It is a little “holiday” that can be celebrated and that can brighten a grey winter day, without the isles of Walmart being filled with junk for it, unlike almost every other holiday. It is ok to take something silly and have fun just for fun’s sake. Not to mention, that my husband and I always watch Groundhog Day, one of our favorites, because who doesn’t like Bill Murray or a movie about a senseless jerk who finds his way, and it’s funny. So, to you naysayers, try having a little fun, for the fun of it and I hope that some of what we do, again nothing elaborate, will inspire you!
The kids and I usually make, Groundhog Grub, basically a no-bake cookie that we have added a gummie worm to, as groundhogs forage the dirt for grubs, the kids love helping in the kitchen and no-bake cookies are my husbands favorite, this is a win all around. For that recipe, click here. While those are cooling, we usually go about our day, but we do sprinkle in some groundhog fun.
My kids really like the book Grumpy Groundhog, so we read that every year, in fact it is a book that sits out all year and while not a timeless piece of literature, it is quite cute. You can pick up a copy here.
After that we discover a little about groundhogs and with each passing year, children will learn a little more or be interested in a different aspect of an animal. One year they might be really into what a groundhog eats, while another year it might be about where the animal sleeps and so on, a good place for your own reference is just popping on Wikipedia. Also, here is a list of a few fact about groundhogs and the day.
In the day of the internet, my kids want to see videos of whatever subject we are discussing, so I usually turn to YouTube to find something. This video here is a quick little intro to groundhogs, at only a couple minutes, and it has a bit about the holiday too. Here is a link to other popular groundhog videos on YouTube, I have not seen them all, so preview before the kids watch.
With Pinterest, which I love, one could go crazy with any idea but I personally don’t go nuts over crafts for Groundhog Day. I usually print off a color page for the kids to color and then I have them write a story or poem about groundhogs or have them predict the weather. Here are the 2 color pages I use, I let the kids choose which they would rather and they both cover a wide range of artists. You should be able to click on them and just print them for your own use.
After we have colored our groundhogs and made our predictions, we head over to Groundhog.org to view the video of Phil and his weather predictions. While there you might notice they have a few printable pages and recipes too, so browsing might be worth it.
After we have had our fun discovering and watching videos, reading and coloring, the kids have some Groundhog Grub.
As I mentioned above, the one thing that my husband and I do without fail, and maybe the kids will too as they get older, is watch the movie Groundhog Day, which on any day is an awesome movie, but this day gives us an excuse to sit and watch it, of course enjoying some Groundhog Grub, we managed to hide from the kiddos!
And that’s that! I hope you have an awesome Groundhog Day and here is hoping for an early Spring!
🙂 Bet and fam