Last year I shared a little trivia with my children.
- The groundhog is also known as a woodchuck, a marmot, a whistle-pig and a land beaver.
- It is the largest member of the squirrel family, usually weighing between 12 and 15 pounds.
- It is sometimes known as a whistle-pig because it whistles when it is alarmed and looking for a mate.
- The groundhog is the only mammal to have its own holiday.
After dinner, we enjoyed these cute and delicious Punxsutawney Phil Pudding Pops. They were a little challenging to separate from the cupcake papers. This year I’m planning on making chocolate cupcakes, still using Nilla Wafers to create Phil.
I also found Groundhog Day; the official website of the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club. They have a tab for teachers with activities, games and even a recipe for Groundhog Cookies.
If there’s time, we would have fun making a Groundhog Day craft. One of my children already suggested making paper plate groundhogs; yes, it was the same child that suggested all of our other paper plate crafts. The Activity Village had some additional ideas.
Beside the fun tradition of Punxsutawney Phil, February 2 is my grandma’s birthday. Whenever I celebrated Groundhog Day, I celebrated my grandma. This year, like all other years, I spend a few minutes remember the entertaining times with her and her playfulness. Even though my children never met my grandma, I share my memories with them as we celebrate groundhogs everywhere.