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Fun Groundhog Day Activities and Treats

by Rebecca Eanes


As this is the perfect holiday for introducing weather patterns, try one of the many fun and creative weather experiments found online. One of my favorites comes from Little Bins for Little Hands, and it’s a rain cloud weather activity. For this experiment, you’ll need a mason jar filled with water, shaving cream, eye dropper, liquid food coloring, and an extra bowl for the rain water.

In the extra bowl, mix blue food coloring with water. Squirt a fluffy shaving cream cloud on top of the water in your mason jar. Use the eyedropper to squeeze the colored water into the shaving cream cloud. Keep adding rainwater until it begins “raining” inside the jar! This is a great activity for toddlers and preschoolers. 

Finally, curl up together and read some children’s books about Groundhog Day. Here’s a short list:

  1. Gregory’s Shadow by Don Freeman
  2. Substitute Groundhog  by Pat Miller
  3. Go to Sleep, Groundhog by Judy Cox
  4. The Groundhog Day Book of Facts and Fun by Paige Billin-Frye and Wendie Old
  5. Groundhog Weather School by Joan Holub
  6. Groundhog’s Day off by Robb Pearlman
  7. Grumpy Groundhog by Maureen Wright
  8. Groundhog Gets a Say by Pamela Swallow 
  9. Wake Up Groundhog by Susanna Leonard Hill
  10. Who Will See Their Shadow This Year by David Biedrzycki and Jerry Pallotta


Rebecca Eanes is the bestselling author of multiple books including Positive Parenting: An Essential Guide, The Positive Parenting Workbook, and The Gift of a Happy Mother. She is the grateful mom of two boys. 


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