Preschool Blog


Just one day until Punxsutawney Phil makes his appearance!  We talked about Phil last year, but that’s an eternity in Olivia time. To give her a little reminder, we watched a You Tube video of Phil’s appearance from 2015. 

Olivia was a bit confused by the whole thing, but was excited to predict whether or not she thinks that Phil will see his shadow tomorrow. (She thinks that he will, but I’m voting for no shadow!)

After watching the video, we made our own little groundhogs. Here are the materials that we used:

  • Styrofoam cup
  • Green construction paper 
  • Brown construction paper
  • Small sticky googly eyes
  • Black foam sticker 
  • White foam sticker
  • Black or brown marker
  • Craft stick
  • Double sided tape
  • Regular tape
  • Elmer’s glue
  • Glue stick
  • Scissors

Before showing the materials to Olivia, I did some prep work. I used the brown construction paper to make one larger circle (I traced the bottom of the styrofoam cup, and cut it out) and two smaller circles (I used a 1-inch hole punch for these). Next, I trimmed the green paper, by holding it horizontally and making it about a half-inch taller than the styrofoam cup. I also cut a nose out of the black foam sticker (which was originally a circle) and two rectangular teeth from the white foam sticker (which was originally a heart). If you don’t have foam stickers in these colors, you could also use construction paper. 

Now, Olivia was ready to do her part. First, I had her make small slits in the green paper to make grass for the groundhog’s burrow.  Olivia loves to practice using scissors, so this was a perfect opportunity for her. 

Next, I placed the double sided tape around the top edge of the cup, and attached the green construction paper. We used regular tape (which is a bit stickier than double sided tape) to close the seam of the green paper. This kept it from coming detached from the cup. 

After that, Olivia made the groundhog. She used the glue stick to attach the ears to the head. 

Next came the eyes,


mouth, and teeth. 

Once the groundhog’s head was complete, we used the Elmer’s glue to glue it to the craft stick. 

While waiting for this piece to dry, I cut a slit into the bottom of the styrofoam cup. Olivia loved putting the stick in the hole, and making the groundhog pop up and down, while saying, “Mr. Groundhog, where are you?”

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