When our family moved to Kentucky a few years ago we were greeted with the popular phrase: “Welcome to Kentucky! If you don’t like the weather, just wait a minute!” And this winter I can’t agree more. It seems we go back and forth from freezing rain and wind to sunshine/light jacket weather multiple times a week. So crazy! In fact it was so warm a few days ago my kids insisted they take their shoes off while playing outside. They’re definitely ready for spring.
And maybe it’s not too far away. According to the legend: the groundhog will emerge from its burrow on February 2nd. If it does not see its shadow it will come out of hibernation, leave the burrow–and there will be six more weeks until spring. But if the groundhog does see its shadow, it goes back to its burrow and there will be six more weeks of winter.
I was explaining this tradition to my kids who asked some very confused questions. “But, six weeks until spring or six more weeks of winter–that’s the same thing!” Yeah . . . . that’s why it’s funny. 😉
Whether the tradition makes any sense, it’s fun to talk about and even celebrate–especially if you’re feeling a little winter blah. Create a cute (and simple!) groundhog art project using the printable template below. It’s the perfect indoor project while you wait six more weeks until spring or endure six more weeks of winter!
To make this groundhog craft, you’ll need:
- Groundhog Printable Template
- white paper or card stock
- (optional) colored card stock or patterned paper
1. Print the Groundhog Craft Template
2. Color or Paint the Groundhog Template
3. Cut and Assemble the Groundhog Craft Pieces
4. Mount Groundhogs for Display
When finished, mount your groundhogs on a piece of card stock, patterned paper, or painted paper–if desired, and display all season long!