So What Does a Groundhog Know Anyway?
I guess that question can have many different answers according to whom you ask. However, statistics within America show that Mr. Groundhog’s forecasts are 75% to 90% accurate. However, a Canadian study for 13 cities shows the success rate level to be much lower at 37%.
Fun Ways to Spend the Day
Now that you have a little more information on Groundhog Day, why not discuss the holiday and celebrate with your children. I think the best way to spend Groundhog Day would be outside celebrating the coming change of seasons. Some fun ideas for activities would include; tracing shadows, making a groundhog puppet or tracking the weather. Another fun idea would be to go on a groundhog seeking walk (if you live in an area that has groundhogs) or read books about groundhogs, their habitat and lifestyle, followed up by a snack – groundhog themed of course.
Of course, if you live near Punxsutawney, PA you could go see the groundhog’s shadow (or lack of shadow) with your own eyes. He leaves his burrow at 7:20 a.m., and then there is a whole day of entertainment scheduled. You could always catch the event on the morning news as well.
How do you celebrate Groundhog Day with your children?
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