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For some reason, when my daughter was four years old she was super excited about making this snack after we read the book–more excited than usual about crafts and cooking. I think it’s because Groundhog Day! by Gail Gibbons not only covers Groundhog Day and the history of it, but it also goes into great detail about groundhogs and their habits. (She had a great time pretend playing the groundhog parts as I was reading to her about them!)
I was pleasantly surprised by this book. I thought, “Groundhog Day, meh” with a shrug. (I mean, how exciting can a rodent seeing its shadow be, right?) However, I really ended up enjoying it, as did E. I learned a lot of things that I didn’t know about the history of the holiday and also the animal.
Actually, I would recommend this as a read for any time of year, not just during Groundhog Day.
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Coming up with a Groundhog Day themed snack wasn’t easy (as you can probably imagine). I was looking for something healthy and when I saw this little guy with his head poking out of the “dirt” on Pinterest (using a few different ingredients than this), I knew that we would make something like it.
Groundhog Day Food
If you are having a Groundhog Day party, meet-up, or need it for your class, this is really a perfect recipe pairing. And, it’s fun for this kids to create this (as well as eat it)! It’s easy enough for all ages to participate (especially if you do the cutting ahead of time)!
Healthy Groundhog Day Fruit Snack Recipe
1 Red Anjou pear
Apple or extra pear
Peanut butter, Nutella, Cream cheese (or any other “binding” agent)
1. Wash pear and place on plate with stem side down.
2. Surround pear with raisins to simulate the dirt.
3. Around the raisins, place green grapes for the grass or ground.
4. Cut eyes, ears, nose and mouth out of another pear or an apple. Place “parts” onto face with peanut butter (or any other binding agent you want like cream cheese or Nutella). We also used raisins in the middle of the apple eyes.
5. Read the book while enjoying the snack!