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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Healthy and fun lunches for kids

How to give kids healthy lunches.  It’s hard to come up with ideas of what to eat besides the same boring old thing  —  and my family are not picky eaters.  Part of my problem was not taking the time to think about what foods would be great for lunch ahead of time.  It’s so much easier to operate on autopilot, rushing through the grocery store to end up with the same things in the cart every week.  Grabbing whatever came to hand in the refrigerator.  Shoving it in the bag and the kid out the door.  Would have been much better to set down once before school started and make a plan.  For Mom’s on Monday, here’s some great lunch ideas I would have missed without Pinterest. . . .


Make ahead lunches from Five Dinners One Hour.  She  makes up the week’s 10 lunches (two kids) at one time.  Don’t miss the link to her more detailed post on how she packs lunches.  She explains the costs of breaking down larger packages into individual servings with suggestions of material and foods to use.  Quick, easy and cost effective.

For toddler meals at home or for playdates, check out Muffin Tin Meals from Cookie Cutter Lunch.  So cute!  Portions are just right  (and just the same for everyone to end the “he got more” cries).  The meal transports easily.  Finding foods in individual cups is fun and easy for little fingers.



Bento is a Japanese term for a single portion meal, either take out or made at home, according to Wikipedia.  Bento can be very elaborately arranged, sometimes according to themes.  The food is then packed in boxes.  I am fascinated by the adaptations made by American moms.  I love the themes, the cute miniature pieces and the color.  I appreciate the variety of food served to kids for snacks and lunches – things I never considered and maybe you haven’t either.  If you are inspired to create bento after looking at the pictures, check out the tutorials, FAQs, and recipes  at another lunch


Stuck for ideas on what foods to purchase for lunch?  Wendolonia has a great list of foods for lunch.  Stop by and download the PDF for your refrigerator.  She also has more information on Bento.


And of course, this great classic for at home lunch – the octopus hotdog!  See it at Making Memories with Your Kids.  Fun to make, but I would not have thought of serving it over shells and cheese with goldfish crackers.  Memorable!






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