Host a Groundhog Day 2021 Groundhog Paper Bag Puppet Show!

February 2, 2021…Happy Groundhog Day!  Let’s make a groundhog puppet!

Perfect for preschool and kindergarten, this easy Groundhog Paper Bag Puppet is a fun way to tell stories about the history of Groundhog Day.

Groundhog Paper Bag Puppet - Happy Groundhog Day craft for preschool Kindergarten and kids
Let’s make a groundhog puppet for Groundhog Day!

Groundhog Paper Bag Puppet – Groundhog Day Craft

This past weekend, my children and I went to a nature program to visit our city’s famous groundhog! He was fat, fuzzy, and very adorable. We were most surprised by how small his ears were!

To celebrate Groundhog Day, my kids and I hit the library for some books, then came home and made this adorable Groundhog Paper Bag Puppet to play with while we read stories.

This Groundhog Day craft came out cute and was pretty easy too, making it perfect for home, school, or daycare settings!

Best Ages for this Groundhog Day Craft

Younger crafters like toddlers and preschoolers might need some assistance or having the pieces cut out ahead of time can make it easier if you are supervising more than one.  Kindergarten level and above will take this idea and run without much need for help.

To make a Groundhog Puppet you will need:

    • brown paper lunch bags
    • green, black, and white construction paper
    • black marker
    • brown and pink crayons
    • scissors
    • glue sticks
    • adhesive wiggly eyes
Groundhog Paper Bag Puppet supplies to make preschool groundhog day craft
To make a groundhog puppet you will need these supplies!

How to Make a Groundhog Puppet

After gathering supplies, invite children to cut 2 very small ears for their groundhog puppet from a scrap paper bag. Glue the ears to the puppet.

Next, cut a round black nose and 2 large white teeth from the construction paper. Glue the nose and teeth to the paper bag, then stick 2 adhesive wiggly eyes above them. 

Show kids how to use a black felt tip pen or marker to add details to their puppet, like little paws and whiskers.

Groundhog Paper Bag Puppet in progress - steps for preschool and kindergarten kids to make a groundhog day craft - puppet shown with face
This Groundhog Day craft needs some whiskers!

Next, invite kids to cut strips of green construction paper the same width of the paper bag.

Use scissors to cut the green paper halfway down to create grass.

Glue the paper to the bottom of the puppet to make it look like the groundhog is popping out of the ground!

Groundhog Paper Bag Puppet - steps for preschool and kindergarten kids to make a groundhog day craft - adding grass to the puppet
This groundhog will be popping out of grass…will he see his shadow?

Use the pink and brown crayons to add detail and shading to the puppet.

My favorite part of this Groundhog Day craft is the cute ears on the Groundhog puppet!

Groundhog Paper Bag Puppet steps - preschool and kindergarten kids can shade with crayons - shown are brown and pink shading on groundhog day craft
Oh what a cute groundhog!

When the glue is dry, kids will have so much fun using their puppets to retell the story of Groundhog Day!

My children enjoyed creating shadows on the wall with their puppet, then making the groundhog run away.

Groundhog Paper Bag Puppet craft finished - Kindergarten child holding the groundhog day craft up as a puppet
Let’s have a puppet show in celebration of Groundhog Day!

Easy Variations to Groundhog Day Craft

Depending on the age of your participants, we thought up some fun ideas that could take this groundhog puppet craft to the next groundhog level {giggle}…

Toddler Groundhog Day Craft Ideas

When crafting with toddlers at any time of the year, it will be an adventure!  Cutting out the major groundhog craft parts ahead of time will allow them a little more independence and flexibility.  Using a black pom pom for the nose and brown pom poms for the ears will allow them to more easily maneuver the craft supplies since their fine motor skills are still in development!

Preschool Groundhog Day Craft Ideas

Preschoolers tend to love this craft because it turns into a toy afterward!  In general, the only thing they may need assistance with is cutting out the groundhog puppet nose, teeth and ears.  They will likely be able to create the grass effect independently (although it may look different than you expect!).  If you want to minimize the amount of cutting, use pom poms instead like suggested for toddlers.

Kindergarten Groundhog Day Craft Ideas

With the Kindergarten level there is a ton of flexibility on not only how much they can accomplish on their own with crafting skills, but also what they WANT it to look like.  Providing extra crafting supplies and tools like markers, colored pencils, real grass, fake grass confetti, pom poms and more can give Kindergartners an invitation to be creative.  Give Kindergartners a platform to create their Groundhog Day puppet Show afterward!

Groundhog Paper Bag Puppet

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More Puppet Crafts for Kids

Click the links below to view more crafts & puppets for kids to make just in case you want your puppet show to have more than one character!

How did your Groundhog Day Puppet Show go?

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