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Wednesday, February 2, 2011

To See or not to See (his Shadow that it is) - Punxsatawney Phil and Groundhog Day

Groundhog Day 2005 034photo © 2005 Silvers Family | more info (via: Wylio)
It's the age old question: Will we have 6 more weeks of winter? The only one that truly is equipped to deal with that is Punxsatawney Phil the Groundhog from Pennsylvania... !

Every February 2nd before sunrise Phil is brought out from his home at Gobblers Knob in Punxsatawney PA, to determine if he 'sees' his shadow. If he sees his shadow there will be six more weeks of winter. No shadow means ...Spring is around the corner.

Groundhog Day - February 2nd - holds fascination for many... especially children. Here is some information and activities for those interested in Groundhogs and Groundhog Day!

The Official Groundhog Club Site: Here you can find information about the history of Phil, past predictions and fun facts.

Hoghaven: Here you can listen to sounds of groundhogs.

Kaboose: This page gives craft directions to make a felt portrait of Phil.

Primary Games: Interactive games such as a Word Search, Puzzles, and Jumble can be found at this site.

Groundhog Day & Possum Nights: A talking storybook by Tom Tittle

Surfnet: This site has a fun concentration game for kids.

Treats: To celebrate Groundhog's Day perhaps you could make some fun treats like these cupcakes:

DSC_0866_editedphoto © 2009 Mark Levisay | more info (via: Wylio)

I'll let you discover if Punxsatawney Phil declares more winter or spring. One thing I will tell you....he predicted the Pittsburgh Steelers will WIN the Superbowl!

Please take a moment to share how you like to celebrate Groundhog's Day by placing your answer in the AnswerGarden.

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  1. this is great! i just have to share it! Cal

  2. How fascinating your culture is! Phil sounds like the miracle octopus who predicted the world cup winners last year.

    Gotta love animal intuition.

    And he's so cute!!! kinda like a hedgehog but not as spiky. The kids must love him.

  3. These are great ideas for Groundhog's Day any year, but especially on snowy days like today!

  4. Nancy, those cupcakes are just too cute! I love them. This was a fun blog post. I teach 7th and 8th graders and we didn't even remember that it was Groundhogs day!


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