January 29, 2013

Groundhog Day—Children’s Stories & Poems


For children (of all ages) I surfed the Internet and found the following sites with stories, poems, and finger plays that provide Groundhog Day entertainment, especially when waiting to see if Punxsutawney Phil will see his shadow or not. Most of the illustrations are coloring pages.

Punxsutawney Phil's mug shot

Punxsutawney Phil’s mug shot

Read the 2015 article: Groundhog Day Recipes & Pictures

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Additional reading: 11 Facts About Groundhog’s Day (Feb. 2)



  • What do you get when you cross a groundhog with a pistachio?
    A green beast who predicts a dry spring, and acts like a nut.
  • What happened when the groundhog met the dogcatcher?
    He became a pound hog!
  • What do you call a Punxsutawney Phil’s laundry?

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written by Debbie Williamson

“Fawn,” said Spot, noticing that her friend was getting ready to go outside.
“What are you doing? It’s freezing outside today.”
“Don’t you know what day it is?” asked Fawn.
“Let’s see,” said Spot, looking at the calendar that hung on the wall of the barn.
“It is February 2. Oh, it’s Groundhog Day! Wait for me. I’ll come too.”
“Okay,” said Fawn. “But hurry.”
Fawn and Spot walked over to what they know as Groundhog Hill, where every year on February 2, a groundhog pops up through his (to continue reading click on )
Cpoloring page
The real story of Groundhog Day occurred a long, long time ago. It began with Philbert the Groundhog, and, of course, it began while he was sleeping.
Yellow was Philbert the Groundhog’s favorite color. Philbert’s birthday was in March and his friends hoped that he’d wake from hibernation to a grand birthday surprise. Philbert always ended his hibernation on his birthday, and his friends wanted to be ready.
They all worked together. Underground, the bunnies and the squirrels and the mice pushed sleepy bulbs upwards. Above ground, the fox and a few neighborhood cats dug gentle wells in the cold ground, giving the tender stems a soft opening for their grand entrances. They hoped that when Philbert awoke on his birthday and came up to say hello to the world, he’d be greeted everywhere by the daffodils’ merry, golden trumpets.
And it worked! All of Philbert’s friends worked cooperatively to plan his surprise, but as you know it isn’t really that hard to surprise someone (or some animal) who stays asleep while you work. Philbert awoke on his birthday to a beautiful golden spring day, fields of beautiful flowers, and the love of his friends. He was one happy groundhog.
He was so happy, in fact, that his friends remembered his delight, and nudged the daffodils again the next year. They did so for many, many years, and Philbert awoke each year to a warm, green world. “What a birthday,” he always thought. “What wonderful friends I have.”
Then, there was the year where it all went wrong. Looking back, Philbert’s friends thought he probably hadn’t eaten enough in the fall. He was probably too hungry. That year, Philbert awoke early.
He poked his head above ground and was bothered. A gruff blast of cold air rattled him. His eyes squinted to see. Everything was too bright. There were no read more

groundhog 2


A groundhog lives down deep in the ground.
He sleeps through the winter.
And every year about this time,
He wakes up and wonders,
“Is it time to get out of bed
Or pull the covers back over my head?”
So he pokes his head up out of the ground.
Will he see his shadow?
I’m a Little Groundhog
(to the tune of “I’m a Little Teapot”)
I’m a little groundhog short and stout,
February second I will come out.
If I see my shadow they will shout,
“Six weeks more winter without doubt!”

Groundhog Day

(to the tune of “Where is Thumbkin? / Frere Jacques”)
Where is groundhog? Where is groundhog?
(Thumb behind back)
Here I am! Here I am!
(Bring thumb forward)
Shadows on this sunny day,
(wiggle thumb)
Frighten groundhogs all away.
(Thumb behind back)
Winter will stay! Winter will stay!
Where is groundhog? Where is groundhog?
(Thumb behind back)
Here I am! Here I am!
(Bring thumb forward)
My, oh my, a cloudy day.
(Wiggle thumb)
I will stay outside to play.
(Move thumb around)
Spring is near! Spring is near!
read more poems and songscute-groundhog-coloring-page

WHAT IS A SHADOW (finger play)

If I walk, my shadow walks. (Use two fingers, in walking motion)
If I run, my shadow runs (Same fingers in running motion)
And when I stand still, as you can see (Same fingers, standing still)
My shadow stands beside me. (Use first two fingers on other hand and stand beside the first two fingers) When I hop, my shadow hops, (First two fingers, hopping)
When I jump, my shadow jumps (Same fingers, jump) And when I sit still, as you can see, (same fingers, bend at knuckles to sit.) My shadow sits beside of me, (Use as before, both sets of fingers sitting beside each other. )
Nine Little Groundhogs
(to the tune of “Ten Little Indians”)
One little, two little,
Three little groundhogs,
Four little, five little,
Six little groundhogs,
Seven little, eight little,
Nine little groundhogs,
Sleeping down under the ground.


Let the children take turns popping up out of a cardboard carton
“burrow” as everyone recites the poem below.
Groundhog, Groundhog,
popping up today. Groundhog,
Groundhog, can you play?
If you see your shadow, can you stay?
Groundhog, Groundhog,
popping up today.
Groundhog, Groundhog, can you play?
If desired, arrange room so that you can create or take away a shadow. Overhead lights would eliminate a shadow and a low light aimed directly at the “groundhog” would create a shadow. read more

groundhogcolor2Read A hilarious animated online Groundhog Day story


Replace Punxsutawney Phil with a ROBOT?

Groundhogs and Punxsutawney Phil







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  3. Bravo! I took the liberty and posted this post to my twitter account. 🙂

    Comment by Gerry C. — January 31, 2015 @ 5:04 pm | Reply

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