If you’re like me, sometimes you’re rushing around last minute trying to come up with a different activity for your kiddos. The plans you may have had for the week either forgot to include the less obvious holiday (like Groundhogs Day) or you’ve just been so busy that plans and preparations didn’t make the cut in your priorities. Whatever the excuse, if you need a quick craft to help the kids have a little fun today, check out the Grounds Hog’s Day winter/spring card.
Here’s what you’ll need
- Blue Construction paper (I used 8 1/2 x 14)
- White Constuction paper (8 1/2 x 11)
- Green Construction paper (8 1/2 x 11)
- Brown Construction paper (or have the kids color the ground hog with marker or crayons)
- Glue stick
First, fold the blue paper in half, folding along the longest edge, to make a card. Draw a circle (it doesn’t have to be perfect) on the outside of the front of the card. Poke a hole in the middle of the circle with your scissors and cut out the circle.
While you have the scissors handy, cut the white paper in half making the line you cut wavy to look like mounds of snow. You can also have the kids cut out the groundhog and cut the green paper. For the green paper, cut each sheet of green paper into thirds along the long edge of the paper. Then make partial cuts along the long edge of each third to give each piece a fridge edge.
Once you have all the pieces cut out, it’s time to assemble. First, glue down the grass or green, fridge pieces. For this step, I recommend working your way up from the bottom. I had the kids glue down the bottom row first and then pull up the fridge pieces to slide under the first row and glue into place. And repeat this step for the top row of grass. Finally, they placed the groundhog just under the fridge of the top row of grass.
Close the card to see your groundhog, in the grass, looking out through the hole cut into the front of the card. Now, have the kids glue down the larger half of the white paper. Then have them layer the smaller half of the white paper on top. The front of the card is winter and they can open the card to reveal spring.
There are many ways to add a few personalized touches to the card, such as drawing in flowers or using flower stickers to dress up the spring grass blades. Also, you can have the kids add text. Because my kids are just learning sight words, I tried to keep the text at the top, as simple as possible. You can have the kids write in their own text or just do what I did and see and say each word after I wrote it.
Well, hopefully you had time to plan your activity before today. If you’re like me and still scrambling to find a clever idea, feel free to use this idea and give it a try. The kids can learn about the changing seasons, the custom of the Groundhog and his shadow, as well as have a little fun. My kids opened and shut theirs as if it were their own story book.
If you aren’t great at free had sketching a ground hog, please feel free to copy this image. You may need to resize before printing.