Do your kids know about Groundhog Day? These free Groundhog Day printables and worksheets, along with other resources, will help your kids learn all about this unique and interesting 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.
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 Punxsutawney, 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 2, 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.
Now, let’s dive into our Groundhog Day resources.
Grab these free Groundhog Day printables and worksheets for your kids so they can learn all about this fun holiday at home.
Groundhog Day FREE Preschool Pack | Homeschool Preschool
Fun Groundhog Day Books for Kids (FREE Unit Study) | Mommy Evolution
Groundhog Day Printables FREEBIE | Sheila Melton
FREE Printables Groundhog Day | A Cupcake for the Teacher
Groundhog Day FREE Coloring Pages | Sight and Sound Reading
FREE Groundhog Day Coloring Pages | Just Reed & Play
Groundhog Day Coloring Pages FREE | In All You Do
Cool Groundhog Day FREEBIE | First Grade Blue Skies
Groundhog Day FREEBIE | Teaching a Hoot
7 Days of Groundhog Day FREE Printables for Kids | Simple Fun for Kids
9+ Groundhog Day FREE Printables & Activities | 3 Dinosaurs
Groundhog Day FREE Printables | A Teaching Mommy
Happy Groundhog Day! Groundhog Day FREE Printable Activity Pack | Miniature Masterminds
FREE Groundhog Day Worksheets | Mama’s Learning Corner
Groundhog Day FREE Unit Study | Freedom Homeschooling
FREE Groundhog Day Unit Study Resources (Awesome List) | Meet Penny
Rockin’ Groundhog Day Book And Activities For Kids | JD’s Rockin’ Readers
FREE Groundhog Day Mini Printable | Preschool Printables by Gwyn
Groundhog’s Day Mini Writing Pack FREEBIE | Amy Murdock
FREE Groundhog’s Day Preschool Printables | Preschool Mom
Groundhog Day FREE Printables + Coloring Pages | A Little Pinch of Perfect
Groundhog Day fun and learning activities to have fun with your kids in homeschool:
Groundhog Math Facts Groundhog Day Activity | Kindergarten Connection
FREE Groundhog Day Math Fact Color By Number | Apple for the Teach
Groundhog Day Activities (FREE Printables) | Teaching with Jennifer Findley
Fun and FREE Groundhog Day Activities | Best Life Mistake
Groundhog Day Classroom Activities for Kids | Promoting Success
30+ Fun Groundhog Day Activities for Preschoolers | Bright Color Mom
Groundhog Day STEM Activities (FREE Printable) | Little Bins for Little Hands
FREE Groundhog Day Graphing Activity | Boy Mama Teacher Mama
Groundhog Day Printable Activities | It is a Keeper
Fun Groundhog Day Activities for Kids | Kindergarten Connection
Groundhog Day: Compound Words FREEBIE | Teach123
FREE Groundhog Day-Themed Puzzles | Teach With Me
Groundhog Day Activities & FREE Printables | The Natural Homeschool
FREE Download Groundhog Day Tracing Activities & Mazes | Things to Share and Remember
Groundhog Day Activities: Ten Grouchy Groundhogs FREEBIE | One Sharp Bunch
Not the Shadow! Groundhog’s Day Game FREEBIE | Renee Dooly
FREE Printable Groundhog Day Word Search | FaveCrafts
Preschool Fun Activities For Groundhog Day FREE | Totschooling
Groundhog Day Count to 100 FREE Worksheets | Kindergarten Worksheets and Games
22 Best Groundhog Day Activities For Preschool | Pre-K Pages
Groundhog’s Day Fun Activities | Universal Preschool
Groundhog Day crafts:
10 Groundhog Day Crafts and Recipes Roundup | The Joys of Boys
FREE Groundhog Day Hat | SimplyKinder
Groundhog Day Craft for Kids | Mama Teaches
How to Draw a Groundhog: The Directed Way to Teach Your Students | Proud to be Primary
Happy Groundhog’s Day! Crafts for Kids | DLTK-Kids
Videos about Groundhog Day:
Groundhog Day for Kids Video | Homeschool Pop
Video – Groundhog Day Facts for Kids – Punxsutawney Phil? | Hey! Guess What
The History of Groundhog Day (Video) | WatchMojo
Groundhog Day Videos | Simply Kinder
8 Groundhog Day Videos For Kids | TeachJunkie
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 poems that have gone alongside Groundhog Day in the past.
From the USA:
(tune of I’m a Little Teapot)
I see a little groundhog, furry and brown,
He’s popping up to look around.
If he sees his shadow, down he’ll go.
Six more weeks of winter – oh, no!
If the sun shines on Groundhog Day;
Half the fuel and half the hay.
“Up early this morning
Far from home
Are you searching for
the philosopher’s stone?
Well, even my best friends
They don’t know.
Is it an early spring
Or just more snow
My faithful followers,
your hands (and my paws) are getting cold
So here is my forecast
Not lead, but solid gold: I see my royal shadow!
Six more weeks of winter to go!”
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!
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