Exploring groundhog day in preschool

We made a few work boxes for Groundhog Day that we are planning to use tomorrow. But since there is a snowstorm going on right now, it looks like we may not have school tomorrow…

This first work box is to work on a little eye-hand coordination and some pretend play. The clothespins are our groundhogs and the construction paper covered cups are our holes in the ground.

This next work box is a shadow matching game. The children simple match the black shapes to the white shapes. We can talk about shadows, shapes, and opposites with this simple activity.

The focus of our third work box was a little groundhog sensory play…

We simply filled a container with brown pom-poms, cups and spoons for the children to play with, sort, and and manipulate!

Here are a few other Groundhog Day activities you can check out…

Shadow Theater from The Amazing Mess

Shadow Stomp from The Amazing Mess

Groundhog Shape Craft from Almost Unschoolers

Shadow and Light play from StrongStart

By |2011-01-31T22:21:50+00:00January 31st, 2011|

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Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. has been working and teaching in the field of early childhood education for over 30 years. Deborah currently owns and teaches in her own part-time, private preschool called The Children’s Studio. Deborah’s deep passion for teaching and working with young children is documented and then graciously shared with millions of readers around the world through her blog and other social networking communities. Deborah believes that young children learn best through play and exploration and embraces this belief in all that she does in her own classroom so that she can effectively and passionately share rewarding, real- life, tried-and-true practices with other teachers, parents, and leaders across the field of early childhood education.


  1. Nicole February 1, 2011 at 8:25 pm - Reply

    I love all of these groundhog activities, Deborah! So sorry the kids might miss out on it due to the snow. 🙁

    • Deborah J. Stewart February 1, 2011 at 9:33 pm - Reply

      We use the activities all week long so they will still get to play with them unless the school stays closed all week:) Its not looking good right now for sure – we are covered with ice here!

  2. Stacie February 3, 2011 at 7:05 pm - Reply

    Thanks for the traffic, Deborah!!

    Have you had school this week? Hope you are safe and doing okay!

    • Deborah J. Stewart February 4, 2011 at 9:34 pm - Reply

      We finally went to school on Friday (today) but we missed Tuesday, Wed, and Thur.! It was a nice break:)

  3. Brittany Schnicker January 7, 2018 at 2:21 pm - Reply

    I have a few kids I babysit for. It not a daycare, but I have a degree in Education so we do educational activities quite often. I love all of these ideas. Is there anywhere I could buy just brown pom poms?

    • Deborah Stewart January 11, 2018 at 9:37 pm - Reply

      I think you can at Hobby Lobby.

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