This is an activity incorporates Groundhogs Day in an easy opened ended game. This is great for both articulation and language groups.
This can also be a fun and simple matching game for younger students or those with emerging communication skills.
You will need some sort of "chip" or game piece to cover up the groundhogs. I LOVE to use play-doh. It is great for fidgets and sensory input for some of my little guys. Plus it is a great motivator for my kids. You can also use squares cut out from paper, chipper chat game pieces, or any bingo chips.
2 Game boards. These are the outside background pages with 10 groundhogs in the scene. (You can print multiple copies to make more game boards for larger groups)
24 Hooray it's spring cards
6 Uh-oh cards
3 Pick any groundhog cards
1 pick any 2 groundhog card
2 Winter is here to stay cards.
1. Print all cards on card stock for best results. Print the full page groundhog scene (game board) for each student (there are two of these.) Laminate all materials.
2. Cut out cards and place all cards face down in the center of the table. Students take turns drawing the cards. Each card has a different action. If you are just wanting to play match with the groundhogs remove all the cards that do not have "hooray spring is coming" written on them.
-If you draw a card that says "Hooray spring is coming" match the groundhog picture on that card with the groundhog on your mat. Cover up the matching groundhog on the groundhog scene. (This is where it can get fun to smash a small ball of play-doh on the groundhog to cover it.)
-If a "uh-oh groundhog saw his shadow" card is drawn then that player looses a turn.
-If the card is drawn with many different groundhogs on it and says "the sun is coming out" you may choose any groundhog on your scene to cover up. Read these cards closely there is one that says you can cover any TWO groundhogs up.
-The last card in the group says "looks like winter is here to stay." If this card is drawn you must remove any "chips" or "play-doh" pieces that are covering the groundhogs on your game board and start over.
5. The student who covers all their groundhogs up first on his/her scene is the WINNER!