Groundhog Puppet

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Celebrate Groundhog Day with our adorable groundhog paper plate puppet. You can then use your puppet to play Groundhog Tag! If you like this craft, also check out our Paper Plate Masks.

What You’ll Need:
*Paper plates - 2 per puppet
*Brown and black crayons or colored pencils
*Construction paper: brown, white, black, blue
*Tape or stapler

*For small children, you may want to do the following cutting for them ahead of time: Cut one paper plate in half. Cut out two brown circles for the ears. Cut out two bigger black circles and two very small black circles for the eyes. Cut out a black oval for the nose. Cut two blue circles, just slightly smaller than the large black circles, for the eyes. Cut out a white rectangle for the teeth. This is a great time to talk with your children about shapes, particularly how circles and ovals/squares and rectangles are different.

*Use the brown crayon or colored pencil to color the bottom side of the paper plate.
*Glue on the ears, nose, and teeth. For the eyes: Glue on the bigger black circles for the eyes, then glue the blue circles on top. Glue the very small black circles on top of the blue. Allow to dry.
*Use the black crayon or colored pencil to add the nose, mouth, and teeth lines.
*To make the puppet, tape or staple the half of the paper plate onto the top half of the back of your groundhog (so that the front rims of both plates are touching).
*Go outside with your groundhog puppet. Do you see your shadow?
*Play Groundhog Tag: Have one child wear the groundhog puppet and be “It.” To tag the other person, they need to step on their shadow.
*Send us a picture of your kids and their Groundhog Puppets we may post it to our site!

Suggested Resources:
*Groundhog Day Shadow Tracing also from
*Punxsutawney Phil’s got his own website!

This activity can be found in the Holidays section of our site.