Celebrating Ground Hog’s Day

Groundhog’s Day is always on February 2nd. The official groundhog is called Punxsutawney Phil because he lives in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania in a burrow on Gobblers Knob.     According to legend, carried from Germany by early settlers, if the day is bright and sunny and Punxsutawney Phil sees his shadow there will be six more weeks of wintery weather. If the day is overcast and he does not see his shadow, the weather will begin to warm for an early spring.   The customs and stories make it a fun day to celebrate with kids.

Kidzone.com has a little Itsy Bitsy Book about Groundhog’s Day for younger kids to color and for adults to help assemble.  You can find the link to print it here.    Easy to follow directions are found here.



Make this sandwich with dark  wheat bread, peanut butter and jelly, a banana, a dark grape , and edible grass, such as shredded lettuce or tinted coconut.  Kitchen Fun With My Sons has  complete directions for this clever    Ground Hog lunch.

First little groundhog digs a home in the fall,
And curls up all winter rolled up like a ball.
Second little groundhog comes out of his lair,
On February second to get some fresh air.. .
To see the rest of this song and find  templates and suggestions to make groundhog figures to go along with it, go to DLTK kids.

A cute ground hog made from a fun sized candy bar perched atop a chocolate cupcake surrounded by  frosting.  Sweetology has how to directions and links to the inspiration along with cute photos of her adaptations.

Happy Ground Hog Day — sunny or cloudy!

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Moms on Monday – Gingerbread Activities

Welcome to Mom’s on Monday, a collection of ideas for busy mom’s I’ve gathered  around the net!   If you have  suggestions for Mom’s on Monday, drop me an email using the contact button on the right!  I’d love to hear from you.

Icon for gingerbread activity packJolanthe (she has a video on how to pronounce it!) says: “Prior to being a stay-at-home and homeschooling mom, I was a preschool special ed teacher for almost 4 years.” This printable pack, with separate sets for preschool and kindergarten was designed to accompany author Jan Brett’s book, Gingerbread Baby. If you are also homeschooling or looking for enrichment for your little ones – or something just plain fun for them to do, check this out at Homeschool Creations


Welcome to the World of Jan Brett, author Jan Brett’s websit and browse through tons of activities for each book she has written. Love it! Gingerbread Baby has a board game and indexed coloring pages. There’s even a Gingerbread Baby recipe! Search her site for more great printables!



And for a fun gingerbread game, check out Mrs. Abraham’s Kindergarten Class.  Doesn’t that look like a fun class?!   I would so do this scavenger hunt for a kid’s party, a preschool or play group or just my own kids at home on a snowy day! Use the gingerbread recipe above.



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Back to School Saturday Share

Lunch Box Chalkboard

Three ideas from around the web to make life easier as kids head back to school.

1. Quickly chalk a note while packing your child’s lunch.  A former kindergarten teacher dreamed this up to help ease the little ones into separating from mom, but I can see it being used for older kids to write reminders like “pick up at 1 for the dentist”.  Clearly visible and no “I didn’t see the piece of paper” excuses.  (like mine ever did that!)    The other good thing is that a lunch box lid is small and you will have the rest of the can of paint for all the other projects using chalkboard paint!  See the tutorial at Scissors and Spatulas.



2. Preschooler blue because they are left behind when big brother or sister goes back to school?  Need a special lunch to celebrate a special occasion?  Check out these ten cute and fabulously fun ideas at Meet the Dubiens.



3. Composing teacher notes are hard.  Nobody told me I would have to think about grammar and wording while finding shoes and backpacks, encouraging breakfast and teeth brushing and holding the door for the rush to the bus. Problem solved!   Keep a few of these teacher notes printed and clipped to the calendar for quick use.  Scroll down a bit to find them at Mommypalooza. 

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