These Groundhog's Day themed color by number worksheets are a fun Groundhog's Day activity to start the month of February. This set of color by number pages includes numbers 1-12 so it's perfect for kindergarten students. I hope you enjoy!
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The legend of Groundhog Day
Groundhog's Day occurs on February 2 each year. It was first celebrated in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania in 1887.
According to lore, if the groundhog sees his shadow, he will be scared and scurry back in his borrow for six more weeks of winter. If the groundhog does not see his shadow, there will be an early spring.
Amusingly, data suggest you might want to assume the opposite of whatever Punxsutawney Phil the groundhog predicts because he only has about a 40% accuracy rate.
The tradition has its roots in the festival of Candlemas, when clergy would distribute candles for use during the coming year. Candlemas was frequently also used in Germany as a date for contracts and rents. The date for Candlemas was set as February 2 because it is 40 days after Christmas.
In old German tradition, if a badger or hedgehog saw his shadow on Candlemas it portended four more weeks of winter. German settlers in Pennsylvania adopted the groundhog for the traditions since neither badgers nor hedgehogs are native to the area (source).
How to use number coloring pages
These color by number sheets are an easy way to help early learners practice their colors, numbers, sight words, and fine motor skills. This set of color by number sheets includes numbers 1-12.
If your child or student can’t recognize their color words yet, you can circle the crayons with the correct color or color the tip of the crayon image to make a key. This will help your child learn their color words and help with color recognition skills.
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There are many ways to use these printable coloring by number worksheets in your classroom or at home. They're a great activity for:
- Early finishers
- Independent work
- Morning work
- A Groundhog's Day themed math center
- Extra practice for kids who need additional fine motor or number practice
- In a homeschool lesson plan
- Or just a fun educational activity for anytime!
Free printable Groundhog's Day worksheets for kindergarteners
These free color by number pages are designed for younger kids. They feature numbers up to 12, so they're best suited to kindergarten aged students.
Some first grade students will not find these challenging enough to be engaging, but other first graders will love them. It depends on your child or student's level and interests. Pre-K children who love counting and numbers may enjoy these color by number pages, too.
Our favorite inexpensive markers are Crayola Super Tips. Their fine points can color the smaller areas in these color-by-number worksheets with ease.
- Sold as 20/ST.
- Markers have tips that are smooth, not scratchy.
- Fine line markers with a versatile tip that draws thick or thin lines.
I prefer to color with Prismacolor pencils. They are creamy and delightful to color with. I believe in supplying children with high-quality materials, whenever possible, so my daughter uses my Prismacolors, too.
- Soft, thick cores are perfect for shading and shadows
- Ultra-smooth, even color laydown
- Lightfast, richly saturated pigments
Groundhog's Day color by number worksheets download area
The set of color by code worksheets includes six different images to color. Here's a look at what you're getting:
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I hope you enjoy using your Groundhog Day color by number pages! Be sure check out the additional free resources below for more winter-themed activities.