Early Lit Bits: Learning with Crafts — Groundhog Puppet

Playing with puppets is a great way to encourage conversation and build vocabulary. Here is a simple puppet to make in honor of Groundhog Day.


  • Paper
  • Markers or crayons
  • Scissors
  • Bright light (or a flashlight)
  • Tape
  • Empty cereal box


Draw a picture of a groundhog on a piece of cardboard. Color the groundhog and cut it out with a pair of scissors. Tape the picture of the groundhog to a wooden craft stick or a drinking straw.To use the puppet as a shadow puppet, aim a bright light at an empty wall and hold the puppet about a foot from the wall so that puppet casts a shadow image onto the wall. Talk about the tradition of Groundhog Day and about light and shadows. Have fun casting shadows on the wall with other objects from around the house.



This article originally appeared in our Early Lit Bits eNewsletter. Read the most recent issue online or sign up to receive this monthly update highlighting early literacy tips and resources for parents and caregivers.


Written by Sheri


Sheri is the Kent District Library ILS & Electronic Resources Coordinator. She loves KDL’s eBook collection and her NOOK because they allow her to fit a whole stack of books in her purse to take with her wherever she goes.

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