Valentine’s Day – Groundhog Day Craft
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Well, I’m a little late with my Groundhog Day post but it is also a Valentine’s Day activity and can be adjusted to work with other animals so it’s still good. 🙂
Before I get to the activity, I want to let you know about a set of adorable February calendar cards. Not only was it Groundhog Day but it was also our first “school day” in February. To decorate our calendar, I used these “sweet” cupcake calendar cards from Doodle Bugs Teaching. Go get your set. They’re free!
Now, to celebrate Groundhog Day (and the upcoming Valentine’s Day), we made cute little groundhog faces from heart shapes. You may have seen examples of similar activities floating around online so I changed ours up a little bit. We decided it would be fun to use fabric instead of paper.
I keep a basket filled with old stained and tattered clothing and linens for fabric crafts. I let each child choose a fabric.
I am terrible at free-drawing shapes so to make it look nice, I created a template for tracing the shapes onto the fabrics. You will find a free copy at the bottom of this post.
I printed out my template and then cut out the paper shapes.
Then, using a large, bold Sharpie marker, I traced the shapes onto the fabric. I work with preschoolers so I cut the shapes out for them. If your children are older, then you might opt to let them cut out their own hearts. The more a child does independently, the better.
Cut out the large fabric hearts.
We used smaller fabric hearts for the groundhog’s teeth.
The children glued their own fabric hearts onto cardstock.
Then, the kids arranged all the facial features and glued them down. We used a large heart shape for the head/face, a small heart shape for the teeth (cut out of white material), another small heart for the nose, fabric ovals for the ears, buttons for the eyes, and yarn for whiskers.
Allow the children to do as much as they can safely do on their own. You want it to be their work, not yours. 🙂
The following printable pattern is free for you to use. Just right click and save to your computer. Then, print it out as an 8 X 10 photo print. If you prefer to print it out in the form of a PDF file, you can print it here:
If you use the PDF file, the shapes will be a little bit smaller. It will still work. You will just have smaller animals and remember that this activity can be adjusted to work for other animal faces as well. You can use this activity all the way up to Valentine’s Day.
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