Ground Hog’s Day is Feb. 2. Students in first grade and up can make a puppet to celebrate this holiday. This project is a good way to demonstrate how to use tape. It can also be made with glue or glue sticks. To make the puppet pictured, you will need:
- TP tube
- Copies of the pattern
- Plastic drinking straw or craft stick
- Green construction paper
- Colored pencils or crayons
- Picture of a groundhog
Click on the picture for this article. Choose “save picture as” and then paste it into a Word document. Enlarge the picture until the ruler at the bottom of the pattern measures six inches. Print. Make copies of the pattern on stiff paper.
Look at a picture of a groundhog. See how hairs of different colors mix browns and grays. Color the ground hog, copying the colors seen in the picture. Use short lines and try to make a texture like fur.
Cut out the groundhog and bottom piece. Tape a straw to the back of the groundhog, running down the middle of the body area.
Roll the groundhog up to make it fit inside a TP tube. Tubes come in different sizes. The ends should overlap by about half an inch or so. Tape the ends together to make a tube that will slide up and down inside the TP tube. Do not tape or glue the groundhog to the TP tube.
Use a paper punch to make a hole in the bottom piece. Place the groundhog inside the TP tube. Put the bottom end of the straw through the hole in the bottom piece. Tape the two ends of the bottom piece to the outside of the TP tube to make a holder that will keep the groundhog from falling out of the bottom of the TP tube.
Cut a piece of green construction paper that is six inches wide and 4 ¼ inches tall. Use scissors to make parallel cuts on one of the six inch sides to make the paper look like grass. Glue or tape the paper to the outside of the TP tube, with the fringed end at the top of the tube.
Push up on the straw, and the groundhog will come out of his hole.
As an additional activity, use these puppets to sing Pop Goes the Weasel, changing the words as follows:
When the winter snow starts to melt, the groundhog in the meadow,
Sticks his head out of the ground; Will he see his shadow?
Is it Spring, or is it not? Will more snow be falling?
If his shadow isn’t there, robins will be calling.
Sunshine State Standards
VA.A.1.1.2 Uses art materials and tools to develop basic processes and motor skills, in a safe and responsible manner.
- The student demonstrated skill in tearing tape from the dispenser.
- The student demonstrated skill when applying tape to the pieces.
- The student used skill in making parallel cuts.
- The student used skill in cutting out the parts and making the hole.