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Groundhog Day Shadow Puppet | Time to Create with Lady Lucas

Written by Ashley Lucas

Groundhog Day is coming up this week on February 2, 2015. Here’s an easy and fun craft to make with the kids over the weekend that celebrates the story behind the holiday. For those that are not familiar, if a groundhog sees his shadow when he emerges from his home on February 2nd, then there will be 6 more weeks of winter. If he does not see his shadow, then Spring will come early! Growing up in Pennsylvania, Groundhog Day was always a big deal, and we watched Punxsutawney Phil live on TV each year with hopes that Spring was coming sooner rather than later.

Materials you will need:

  • Cardboard
  • Bamboo skewers
  • Hot glue or strong tape
  • Markers & Crayons
  • Scissors

Step 1

Using a piece of cardboard that is not too thick {you’ll want to be able to cut around your animal} have your child draw a cute groundhog. Use the photo above as a guide.

Step 2

Add details to the groundhog such as a little face and hat.

Step 3

Color in the groundhog with crayons on pastels. Colors will really pop on cardboard – especially light colors like tan and white.

Step 4

Carefully cut around the groundhog with scissors. If the child making this craft is very young, they can cut an oval around the shape to make cutting easier or have an adult help out.

Step 5

 Tape or hot glue the groundhog to a bamboo skewer to complete the craft.

Play with this little groundhog puppet near a lamp to see what shapes emerges on the wall. What do you think? Will Spring be early this year or will we have 6 more weeks of winter?

Ashley Lucas {aka Lady Lucas} is the ‘Queen of Cute Characters’. She is an avid crafter, children’s book illustrator and owner of her own arts business. She loves all holidays; especially Halloween! You can find her online at She loves hearing from moms with questions so feel free to reach out with any particular comments about her crafts for JCFamilies!

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