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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Kid’s Halloween Costumes DIY

Use pajamas or matching hoodies and sweat pants as the basis for these  costumes gathered from around the web.  Warm is important in many parts of the country where Halloween is chilly or downright cold.   Keep warm, save time, save money!  Have a Happy Halloween!


Dragon or dinosaur tails from a guest post at Tatertots and Jello.  Jessica from Running with Scissors provides a sewing tutorial with clear instructions and measurements for making  tails for boys or girls. Add sweat pants and shirts or warm pajamas the same color as the tails, a little face paint and the costume is done!   For a bonus:  The tails go in the toy stash for year round fun!




Add a felt mane and tail to appropriate colored hoodie and sweat pants.  Paws are tan gloves with claws.  Get patterns and instructions at  Country Living




Even better than Mom DIY is Kid DIY – with a bit of mom help and direction of course!  A new spin on robots using gift bags, sticky dots and labels!  Cute!  These will generate a lot of imaginary play beyond Halloween and for very low cost!  Photos and how to at Filth Wizardry





Monkey costume made from brown hoodie and matching pants.  Add ears and belly patch cut from felt, using the dimensions provided in the instructions.  Time left?  Make the bananas too!

Go to  craftzine.com for directions.





Pet Owner Bonus!  A Puss in Boots hat!  Our cat would lie down with the most reproachful and put upon look if someone put this on her head.  This one looks like he will take a more active approach in about two seconds! I couldn’t resist!   If your cat loves to dress up, look no further than Good Housekeeping for ideas!

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