Looking for cute Groundhog Day activities for kids?  This Groundhog Paper Bag Puppet Printable is perfect for preschoolers.

With February quickly approaching, I decided to create a fun little groundhog puppet craft.

This easy activity is a great way for young children to practice their scissor skills and fine motor skills, but kids of all ages will enjoy it too!  

groundhog puppet for kids - 3 puppets shown

Let’s dive into this simple Groundhog Day craft.  But first….

What is Groundhog Day?

Groundhog Day is celebrated every year on February 2nd.  

According to Old Farmer’s Almanac, a groundhog is used to predict the length of winter.  

If the groundhog comes out of his burrow and sees his shadow, he will go back into his hole and there will be 6 more weeks of winter weather.  

If the groundhog does not see his shadow, that means that spring weather is on the way soon!  

It is of course, this is a tradition and weather folklore.  The most famous groundhog, Punxsutawney Phil, has only been correct 40% of the time.

Supplies for a Groundhog Paper Bag Puppet

This puppet craft is so simple – you don’t need googly eyes or card stock – all you need is the free printable groundhog and some basic craft supplies.

groundhog puppet supplies including the groundhog puppet free printable template, crayons, scissors, glue stick and brown paper bag

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To make this easy groundhog craft you will need:

– Brown paper bags –  paper lunch bags are the perfect size

– The Groundhog puppet free printable template (Found in this article after the tutorial)

– Crayons (or colored pencils)


– Glue Stick or School Glue

Once you have your supplies ready – it’s time to make this easy paper bag groundhog puppet!

How to make a Groundhog Puppet

First, download the simple printable groundhog paper bag puppet template and print it out onto white paper.  

There are 2 versions of the groundhog template: one with eyes already on the face (for little kids) and another with eyes to be cut out (for older kids).

child coloring groundhog puppet template

Next, it’s time to color!  Have your child color the groundhog template printable.

We colored ours brown to look like a traditional groundhog, but kids could definitely color their groundhog any color they like.    

For ours, we colored the big puppet face circle brown and the small circle ears brown. We left our groundhog’s eyes white, as well as the large white teeth.

groundhog puppet template completed colored

Once your child has completely colored the groundhog template, it’s time to cut!  

Provide your child with some blunt tip child safe scissors.  We love Fiskar’s blunt tip child safe scissors because they are perfect for preschoolers.

Next, show your child which pieces need to be cut out: the groundhog’s head and his little circle ears.

groundhog puppet template being cut out by a child

This is a great chance for children to use scissors and practice those cutting skills.  Younger children may need assistance with the smaller circles.

groundhog puppet template cut out

How to assemble the Printable Groundhog Puppet

Once your groundhog pieces are cut out, it’s time to assemble the paper bag groundhog craft!

The large head circle will go on the bottom of the brown paper lunch bag as shown.  

Next, have the kids lay out the ears before they start to glue.  Doing a bit of planning will help kids figure out where things should go.

If everything looks good where it has been placed, it’s time to glue it on.

groundhog puppet glued together

I like to use a glue stick for puppet crafts because glue sticks are low-mess and they dry quickly so that kids can play with it right away!  

You can definitely use liquid school glue, but it will take longer to dry.

After all of the pieces have been glued on, kids can draw details on the groundhog body if they like.  Now, the puppet groundhog is finished!

Kids will enjoy placing their hand inside the bag to make the puppet move.  

Get ready to watch their imaginations come alive with a puppet show.  Happy Groundhog Day!

free printable Groundhog puppet for kids

Get the Free Groundhog Template Printable

free groundhog templates for groundhog puppet

Ready to start this fun groundhog paper bag puppet craft? Grab the free printable groundhog puppet digital download directly below and make it today!

You can get this free groundhog paper bag puppet printable template PDF file here:

More Paper Bag Puppets for Kids

Paper Bag Puppets are an easy craft for preschoolers that spark imaginative play and creativity.

Interested in more Paper Bag Crafts for kids?

You can find a simple Pig Paper Bag Puppet here. This one is a fun craft for a Farm theme, the Letter P, or a cute animal crafts unit.  

There’s a free printable Unicorn Puppet here. This is perfect for your unicorn fans or teaching the letter U.

Don’t miss this cute Reindeer Puppet Craft. It’s absolutely perfect for Christmas!

Plus, you can find a Cat Paper Bag Puppet here. This little kitty is perfect for a Pet theme, a black cat for Halloween, or the Letter C.

Need more paper craft ideas? Check out these Paper Art Projects for kids.

super easy Groundhog puppet with free template

More February Crafts and Activities 

Looking for more ideas for February for your lesson plans?  There’s lots of easy craft ideas and activities here on my blog.  

You can find an adorable Valentine’s Day Sensory Bin here. Kids will love this sensory play idea filled with pink and red!

This Marble Paint Heart Craft is so much fun! This craft idea turns out adorable every time.  

There’s a cute Handprint Heart Craft here. Makes an adorable keepsake for parents and grandparents.

This Symmetry Heart Craft is a great activity to teach kids about symmetry. Younger children absolutely love the reveal at the end!

You can find some free Valentine’s Day Dot to Dot pages here. Simple enough for preschoolers, kids connect the dots to reveal the Valentine’s Day items.

Need a fun way to practice number recognition?  These Valentine’s Day Color by Number pages are a fun activity!

There’s some free Coloring pages for Valentine’s Day here. You’ll find teddy bears, hearts, bees, and more.

Getting ready to celebrate the 100th Day of School? Here’s some free Happy 100th Day Coloring pages to celebrate this milestone!

Want to save this adorable groundhog paper bag puppet for later? Pin the image below of the cute little groundhog puppet to your preschool activities board on Pinterest.

free Printable Groundhog Puppet for kids