This past summer my family decided to take a trip to Punxsutawney, PA to see Phil. I live about an hour or so away. In the town, there are 32 "Phantastic Phil" statues to see. Here is the statue right by Phil's home at the publc library. Sorry it is sideways.
My son's favorite statue was the McDonald's Groundhog. It's holding french fries.
We went to the gift shop and I went wild! I bought shirts, coloring books, stamper, stickers, pencils, etc... I even bought this cute little Phil cookie cutter with Spicy Groundhog Cookie recipe. I also got a blank Phil template for my students to create their own statue which I did this year. They turned out great, but I forgot to take pictures. I am so forgetful!
At our school, the high school home economics class make the goundhog cookies for first grade. Then we make Goundhog sundaes! I cannot believe I forgot to take a picture of them! We put the goundhog cookie into a little cup of vanilla ice cream. Then, if a student wants his/her groundhog to have a shadow, we squirt chocolate syrup on the ice cream! The kids LOVED these!
Back to my summer trip. After the gift shop, we headed up to Gobbler's Knob. My son loved to be on stage pretending to be a member of the Inner Circle. He even peeked into Phil's burrow.
It was nice to show students my actual pictures to make it more real for them! I want to go back this summer and get to the other statues we didn't get to this past summer.