With the fate of our next couple of weeks of weather on the line, Groundhog Day is a fun way for the family to get together and an excuse to celebrate with fun activities and yummy goodies. Visit our  Pinterest  page for more ideas on how to celebrate!
 
 1. Serve up some Dirt Pie. 
Kids love this yummy pudding-based recipe, and making it is just as much fun! Just add a cute little groundhog on a popsicle stick and enjoy!
Dirt Pie Recipe:
  • 1 packet Oreos
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • ¼ cup softened butter
  • 8oz (1 pkg) cream cheese
  • 2 pkgs instant vanilla pudding
  • 3 ½ cups milk
  • 12oz container Cool Whip
 
Directions:
Crush Oreo cookies with a rolling pin until fine and set aside. Mix sugar, butter, and cream cheese until smooth. Mix the pudding with the milk and then blend together with Cool Whip. Combine the pudding and cream cheese mixture together until smooth. Layer the pudding mixture and cookie crumbles together finishing with cookie crumbles on top.
 
 2. Read a Groundhog Day book together. 
There are so many cute children’s books out there for days like today, and what a better way to spend time together than reading a book! All of these books can be downloaded instantly on the Amazon Kindle App.
 
               Substitute Groundhog 
               Groundhog’s Day Off 
               Grumpy Groundhog 
               Groundhog Weather School 
 
 3. Craft day! 
Spend the day crafting cute little paper groundhogs or make masks for your kids to wear around the house. Visit our  Pinterest  page for more ideas and how-to’s!
 
 4. Stream the big moment. 
Many of us aren’t going to make the trip up to Pennsylvania to see Punxsutawney Phil and his shadow, but plenty of people will be streaming it on TV or  online  !
 
 5. Predict the weather! 
Since today is all about finding out how our next few weeks are going to feel, why not have a family-friendly competition to see who can predict the weather best.  Do your research on previous weather patterns, what the experts are saying now, and make your predictions on how much longer winter will last. As a bonus, reward the winner with their choice of dinner!
 
 6. Shadow tracking. 
Today is a great day for your little ones to learn about shadows and how they work – weather permitting, of course! Take a large piece of paper outside and set an object right in the middle of it. Throughout the day have your child trace the shadow in different colors to see how a shadow changes throughout the course of a day!
 
 7. Shadow puppets. 
Teach your little ones the lost art of shadow puppet making. Teach them how to make real-looking animals, shapes, and more. Enjoy the time together and the laughs as you create memories and funny looking shadow puppets!
 
No matter what day it is, there is always a reason for fun in your house. These ideas are just the beginning of creating a culture of celebration and imagination, no matter the occasion. Here’s to hoping we get warmer weather sooner rather than later! Happy Groundhog Day! 
 

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