Groundhog Day FREEBIES

Kids LOVE puppets. It doesn't matter how simple they are. And that's why my classes always love this Groundhog Day activity.

This is a new and improved update of a five-year-old post, but these are still my favourite go-to Groundhog Day activities so I wanted to be sure to share them again.

Groundhog Day Freebies: Cute pop-up puppet, poem and rebus story by

First we make the "ground". We use stretched-out cotton balls for the snow and a fringed piece of green construction paper for the grass underneath.

Then bones, rocks, spiders, ladybugs, etc. are drawn onto the soil with felt pens. And of course we add the poem:

Mr. Groundhog down below
Pops up through the fluffy snow
Wide awake he wants to play
Spring is on its way

Groundhog Day Freebies: Cute pop-up puppet, poem and rebus story by

Then the little paper groundhog is coloured and glued to a craft stick.

Groundhog Day Freebies: Cute pop-up puppet, poem and rebus story by

Lastly, the ground is glued into a cylindrical shape and we chant the poem while popping the groundhog up and down through the burrow. This is their favourite part!

Groundhog Day Freebies: Cute pop-up puppet, poem and rebus story by

The other activity we do without fail is this little rebus story. We read the story together a few times (it's great for predicting words that make sense), and then I get the kids to cut and glue the missing pictures (we don't cut out the words). They colour it, then we practice reading the story some more.

Groundhog Day Freebies: Cute pop-up puppet, poem and rebus story by GradeONEderful.comGroundhog Day Freebies: Cute pop-up puppet, poem and rebus story by

Click here for all the above activities!
Update: All the pics are now in black and white.

And here's a really cute activity I found at Artists Helping Children:

(The link to the directions is broken but you can see how
to make the pencil topper from the picture)

These are the books we read. Go To Sleep, Groundhog! is my personal favourite.

CLICK HERE for some more fabulous Groundhog Day Books.

I have some free groundhog clipart.

Hope you enjoy this. Please be sure to leave a quick comment if you snag the freebies ... and have a great evening!

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  1. I love the pencil topper!! Super cute!!
    First Grade Blue SKies

  2. Cute!
    I love the new look of the blog and your signature!
    ❀Beth Ann❀
    Taming My Flock of Firsties

  3. Thank you Barbara! I love the groundhog freebies. I just can't believe how fast the year is going!

    First Impressions

  4. I love this! You have been my inspiration for adding a lot more art to our day. Thank you so much. I have to blog about the things we've done so you can see them, but I have to take pics first. You are awesome!

    First in Maine

  5. I don't have Groundhog's Special Secret. I'm gonna have to put that in my BN shopping cart soon. Thanks for sharing!
    Funky First Grade Fun

  6. Groundhog's day is one of my favorite. I love the rebus story.
    Thanks for sharing.

  7. Thanks so much for stopping at my blog and introducing yourself. I also love the pencil topper and the puppet with the ground is also cute. I can see why kids love that. So three dimensional. Come around my blog on Tuesday for a Ground Hog Day surprise and give away.

    1. Thanks, everyone. I really appreciate you taking the time to leave such sweet comments.

  8. HOW CUTE is this!! Wow...thanks for calling to my attention that it's almost that time too. Where did my year go???

    First Grade and Fabulous

  9. So cute! Love the puppet for groundhog day and the rebus story is just what I need. Thanks for sharing.

  10. Love all of this groundhog stuff! Thanks so much!


  11. LOVE your blog! So glad I found you (via you finding me - ha!). Glad to 'meet' another Canadian blogger friend! Thanks for the Groundhog Day activities. That's next on my to-do list for the weekend!

    Ѽ Alessia
    Mrs. Albanese’s Kindergarten Class

  12. I LOVE your groundhog activities! I am a student teacher and I have been searching far and wide for the perfect groundhog activity! Now I have it! THANK YOU SO MUCH! I hope you dont mind if I mention this (and your blog) when I make this on my blog listed below! Again, thanks.

    Miss S
    Just Teaching...Kindergarten


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