Do your kids know about Groundhog Day? These Groundhog Day free printables and worksheets, will help your kids learn all about this unique and interesting day.
Learning about Groundhog Day
I heard a whole lot about Groundhog Day while I was in the New York Public School system. We would watch the news in class while people gathered somewhere to check for the groundhog’s shadow.
My kids went to school for some time in Florida’s public school system, and they never heard of Groundhog Day. I found that pretty interesting.
So, when I started homeschooling and – well, you know many of us do the MOST with the holidays throughout the year – I knew I wanted to teach my kids about Groundhog Day.
History of Groundhog Day
Here is a little history about Groundhog Day, just in case you are not familiar. Did you know the holiday should have been Sonic the Hedgehog Day? OK, maybe not Sonic, but definitely hedgehog.
German settlers arrived in the 1700s to the United States and brought with them a tradition known as Candlemas Day. Superstition said that if the weather was nice on that day, the second half of the winter would be stormy and cold.
The first celebration of Groundhog Day in the United States was in the town of Punxsutawney, in Pennsylvania. I am not sure if you know, but the famous groundhog to watch each year is named Punxsutawney Phil.
However, at the time, the settlers could not find a groundhog anywhere, so they used the next best thing – the hedgehog! The groundhog was chosen because, like the hedgehog, it winters underground. Additionally, Native Americans considered groundhogs to be smart and sensible animals.
Early Christian settlers considered weather to be important as well and therefore, continued this tradition on February 2nd of each year. If the sun came out on February 2nd, on the day halfway between Winter and Spring, it meant that there would be six more weeks of wintry weather – I hope “wintry” is a word. Seems right.
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Free Groundhog Day Resources:
Grab these free Groundhog Day printables and worksheets for your kids so they can learn all about this fun holiday.
Printable Activity Packs, and Coloring Pages:
I love finding educational resources to go along with what we are learning. It makes life so much easier when I can find themed printables and worksheets to hand to my kids when we are learning about something specific. The coloring sheets and activity packs are perfect grab and go resources for your young learners.
Groundhog Day Free Preschool Pack – This printable pack has 25 pages of themed activities for preschool and kindergarten.
Free Groundhog Day Coloring Pages – Really cute coloring pages with a space for your children to check if they think the groundhog will see his shadow or not.
Handwriting Practice with Coloring Pages – 30 coloring pages with manuscript and cursive writing practice.
Cool Groundhog Day Freebie– This printable gives your kids a chance to vote on if they think the groundhog will see his shadow and to write a little about the day.
Groundhog, Groundhog What Do You See? – Printable groundhog day emergent reader.
Mini Unit Groundhog Day Printable Pack – Fun printable activities for preschoolers.
Groundhog Day FREE Coloring Pages – These coloring pages will have your children coloring by letters and by sight words for some extra practice.
Worksheets for Groundhog Day – Are you looking for a no prep activity? These cute groundhog day worksheets are no-prep and perfect to hand to your kids to work on.
Groundhog’s Day Preschool Printables – Adorable coloring pages, printable worksheets and prediction sheets.
Groundhog Day Themed Activities, Books and Games:
These books, unit studies and games will keep your little ones busy learning for a whole week leading up to this fun day. Your whole family will have fun with these favorite Groundhog day activities.
Themed Groundhog Day Puzzles – Help your kids reinforce their counting, skip counting and ordering skills with these cute puzzles.
Groundhog Day Activities & Free Printables – There are realistic groundhog coloring pages and maze games.
Unit Study on Groundhog Day – Learn about the history of Groundhog day, the science behind weather prediction and try some math activities too.
Not the Shadow! Groundhog’s Day Game – This is a fun gameboard that your kids can use to play their own games with.
Groundhog Day Tracing Activities & Mazes – Super cute tracing activities and mazes for little ones.
7 Days of Groundhog Day Free Printables for Kids – Printables for your kids to use for a whole week of groundhog fun.
Groundhog’s Day Fun Activities – Read about the history of the day and celebrate with lots of fun groundhog day activities.
9+ Groundhog Day Free Printables & Activities – Over 9 printables and activities for a fun groundhog day theme.
Groundhog Day Educational Fun:
These activities are a fun way to stick with the theme of Groundhog day while staying educational. Your kids will practice math, writing and science skills at the same time.
Groundhog Day Writing Prompts – These funny writing prompts are geared for ages 8-12. They will help your kids to creatively think out of the box by writing about groundhogs getting lost, and what happens if the groundhog doesn’t like the name Phil?
Groundhog Day Count to 100 Worksheets – Practice counting to 100 with these interactive themed worksheets.
Math Facts Groundhog Day Activity – Cute groundhog addition and subtraction cards with a printable number line.
Groundhog’s Day Mini Writing Pack – Fun mini writing pack adaptable for elementary ages with writing prompts, worksheets and more.
Graphing Activity – This graphing activity uses predictions on if the groundhog will see his shadow. Your kids will gather the data then graph it on their worksheet.
Printables for Groundhog Day – 8 page activity pack with writing worksheets and word searches.
Groundhog Day STEM Activities – FREE Groundhog Day STEM cards and fun ideas on how to put together some activities for your kids.
Groundhog Day Activities: Ten Grouchy Groundhogs – These activities use a favorite book to practice counting skills.
3 Groundhog Day Activities for Kids with STEM and Science Integration – Check out these fun STEM and science themed activities perfect for Groundhog Day.
Compound Words Groundhog Day – Learn about compound words with these fun worksheets with groundhog day words.
Groundhog Day Sight Word Printable Activities – This printables use words from the Dolce word list with alphabetical order and word search sheets.
Groundhog Day Crafts:
A holiday in our homeschool isn’t complete without some crafts. Crafts are a great way to keep your early learners engaged and excited about the themed they are learning about.
10 Groundhog Day Crafts and Recipes Roundup – Ten different groundhog themed crafts and fun recipes to put together for your kids.
Groundhog Day Hat – This is a cute and easy to make printable hat for your kids to wear on this fun day.
Groundhog Day Craft for Kids – Pop the little groundhog out of his burrow with this adorable, interactive craft.
How to Draw a Groundhog: The Directed Way to Teach Your Students – Step-by-step instructions on how to teach your kids to draw a groundhog with tips on how to watercolor paint it as well.
Happy Groundhog’s Day! Crafts for Kids – Huge list of printable crafts, printables, do-a-dot activity pages and more.
Videos about Groundhog Day:
My kids love watching videos during the holiday seasons. These cute videos will teach your children facts and information about this historical winter weather day.
Groundhog Day for Kids Video – Find out how this holiday started and what it means.
The History of Groundhog Day – Learn the history of groundhog day and why a groundhog is used to predict the weather.
Groundhog Day Facts for Kids – Punxsutawney Phil? – This is a fun engaging video for kids by kids that cover many fun and interesting facts.
8 Groundhog Day Videos For Kids – These videos are perfect for K-5th grade and include songs, groundhog facts, facts about the holiday and more.
Groundhog Day Poems and Songs:
Usually, Groundhog Day is celebrated with fun and rhyming poems to deliver the news on the results of the shadow. I will leave you with some Groundhog Day poems.
Jeannette is a wife, mother and homeschooling mom. She has been mightily, saved by grace and is grateful for God’s sovereignty throughout her life’s journey. She has a Bachelor in English Education and her MBA. Jeannette is bi-lingual and currently lives in the Tongan Islands of the South Pacific. She posts daily freebies for homeschoolers!