Groundhogs – and other sleepy animals

First we sang our  Opening Song, and of course we said hi to the librarian, our Story Time friends and the table in the Story Time room (which is very very old and kind of cool!)

Next we talked a little about what animals do in winter.  I was amazed how much this bunch knew already.  Hibernation and migration were both mentioned immediately, which was the perfect segue to our first book…

BOOK: Winter Lullaby
by Barbara Seuling
illustrated by Greg Newbold

winter lullaby

Beautifully illustrated with gentle rhyming text this book also provides a great guessing game for the kids about what different animals do during winter.

SONG: “Grizzly Bear”

A grizzly bear, a grizzly bear is sleeping in his cave, SHHH!
A grizzly bear, a grizzly bear is sleeping in his cave, SHHH!
Please be very quiet, very very quiet, if you wake him if you shake him he’ll be very MAD!

A tiny turtle… sleeping in his shell….
… if you shake him he’ll be very MAD!!

A honey bee… is sleeping in his hive…
… if you shake him he’ll be very MAD!

A hanging bat… sleeping in his cavern…

Slippery Snake… Den… SSSSSSSS!

Slimy Frog… Mud…. Ribbit!

Next we talked about there are two ways a groundhog can wake up, depending on the weather.

A grey groundhog… is sleeping in his hole…
… if you wake him and it’s sunny he’ll be very MAD!

A grey groundhog… is sleeping in his burrow…
…if you wake him and it’s cloudy he’ll ve very GLAD!

(Source: traditional with extra verses added by me!)

BOOK: Bear Snores On
by Karma Wilson
illustrated by Jane Chapman

bear snores on

We love Bear at Wiggleworms Story Time!  In this book his friends make quite a racket but BEAR SNORES ON!

GAME CUBE!- check out the link to these fun songs we pick by rolling our Game Cube dice!

This week the cube had us play “Shake our Sillies Out!”

Flannel Song & Game – Groundhog Weather

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For a full description of this flannel and game please click here!

(To the tune of “Clementine”)
What’s the weather, what’s the weather, what’s the weather like today?
Tell us ________ what’s the weather, what’s the weather like today?

Is it sunny? Is it cloudy? Is it rainy out today?
Is it snowy? Is it windy? What’s the weather like today?


BOOK: Who Will See Their Shadows This Year?
by Jerry Pallotta
illustrated by David Biedrzycki

who will see their shadows this year

This book is cute and silly and makes another good guessing game interactive read!

SHUFFLE DANCE: Check out our dance list here!

The iPod ‘chose’ “Irrational Anthem” I suspect some Moms have been practicing this at home, they are getting very good at it!

CRAFT:  Pop-Up Groundhog Cups


Paper cups (coffee sized is good)
Popsicle sticks
Markers/Crayons to decorate cup OR construction paper grass
Glue stick or tape
Groundhog cutout (see the link below)
Song cutout (see the link below)

See the link below for details.  We modified this craft a bit because I don’t do scissors in Story Time!  Instead of adding the adorable grass to the cup I had the kids decorate the cup using crayons.  You could have the grass pre-cut, but it is tricky getting it to stick into the cup and I wanted this project to be as independent as possible!

The link below has templates for the groundhog cut-out and the song to attach to the side of the cup!  (There is also a free download of a great book about groundhogs!)


Closing Rhyme & Song

How it Went:

Nice nice group of kids with so much knowledge and interest in hibernation!  Everyone was super cooperative.  Nice to have a couple of early readers in the bunch – one 3 y.o. commented “WOW, that boy can read!”

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  1. Pingback: Flannel Friday – Groundhogs! | itsybitsymom

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