Happy little dessert groundhog.
We pretty much celebrated Groundhog Day all day long.  The day began with watching a video of Phil online.  It took me three tries to find the one for this year, but it was worth it.  One of the books we read is written almost exactly how the actual event takes place.  

Next, was breakfast.  Sweet Girl shared with me the night before Groundhog Day that we could put something green on top of the breakfast yogurt and "hide a groundhog" in it.  What a fun idea!  So, that's exactly what we did.

Sweet Girl getting started.
After breakfast, we colored a picture of a groundhog where we had to circle the right prediction.  We also worked on our headbands.  Sweet Girl and Love Bug really got into coloring their headbands.  I LOVE how Sweet Girl added feet to her groundhog.  How adorable!  

The girls were very interested in watching me put the headbands together.  They looked so cute in them!  I even made one and wore it--and why not?  It's all part of the fun!

The headbands turned out great!  I just love them!

Taken through my windshield before we left.

Before lunch, we headed to the library.  It was "Take Your Child to the Library" Day, too!  It was snowing just as we were going out the door.  There weren't a lot of people there and we had a whole table to ourselves.  I let the girls check out a couple of extra books since it was a special day.  

We also signed up for the library's annual "Snuggle Club" for children ages 0-6 years old which I will be sharing more about later.

We didn't wear our groundhog headbands, but Sweet Girl did wear her elephant hat.

I thought it would be fun to have "Phil" pop up (pun intended!) at our different meals, so I hid a teddy graham on the girls' plates for them to find at lunch.  Sweet Girl kept hiding her groundhog in different places as she ate her lunch.

The yummy ingredients
After quiet time, we got everything together for our groundhog pudding cups.  This had been something the girls had been excited about for days.

The girls took turns mixing the pudding.  I used instant pudding and as you can tell, I had to use vanilla.  I thought I had chocolate pudding and bought vanilla for another project.  I ended up having four boxes of vanilla pudding in the cabinet.  Hey, it could've been a snow covered ground, right? :)

Each girl got a Ziploc bag with either graham crackers or Oreos to pound into crumbs.  They had fun with this part.  We also dyed coconut by putting some in a container with a few drops of green food coloring.  I thought this would be easier for the girls to shake than a Ziploc bag as stated in the recipe post.

Getting everything ready!
The hard part came when we had to wait until after dinner to eat it, but it was worth the wait!  The girls, sporting their groundhog headbands, really enjoyed assembling their own treats.  Love Bug did exceptionally well scooping out the crumbs and putting them in her bowl.  Sweet Girl loved layering crumbs and pudding and adding the grass on top.  She even made Daddy's dessert!  

You'll notice I don't have a picture of Love Bug's dessert because she dug in before I could get a one!  Can you find the groundhog hiding in Sweet Girl's dessert?  Hint:  He's close to the grass.
I had a great time this past week learning and teaching about groundhogs and Groundhog Day.  It was a nice change of pace for us and it was fun having a party at the end to celebrate the day and everything we had learned.

I hope you enjoyed the week's activities.  What things did you try out?

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