Thursday, April 24, 2014

Umbrella Bird


Thank you for visiting me during the A to Z Challenge! I hope you'll join me throughout the month of April. I'll be exploring animal crafts with Sassy Pants for each letter of the alphabet. Not only that, but I'll be sharing with you some interesting facts about each animal. (Just to showcase what a nerdy homeschooling mama I am. LOL)

U is for Umbrella Bird

There aren't many U animals, so I was grateful to find the umbrella bird. I haven't ever seen a real live umbrella bird so I was excited to learn more about them as I researched to find my interesting facts. 

Here are some interesting facts about umbrella birds:
  • The crest of the umbrella bird is made of iridescent black feathers.
  • Umbrella birds live in tropical rain forests.
  • The diet of the umbrella bird consists mainly of fruit, but they also eat insects and small vertebrates like lizards.
  • Male umbrella birds make a loud rumbling noise, which is said to sound like a hippopotamus. (That's a pretty loud noise for a bird.)
I found this craft at Learn Create Love. Sassy painted the bird and then assembled it.


Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Turtle Crossing


Thank you for visiting me during the A to Z Challenge! I hope you'll join me throughout the month of April. I'll be exploring animal crafts with Sassy Pants for each letter of the alphabet. Not only that, but I'll be sharing with you some interesting facts about each animal. (Just to showcase what a nerdy homeschooling mama I am. LOL)

T is for Turtle

I actually like turtles. They're slower than I am, and they don't have the potential to eat me or bite me with some sort of deadly venom.

Here are some interesting facts about turtles:
  • Turtles have no teeth.
  • Even though they don't have vocal chords, they can make sounds.
  • Some turtles can live up to 150 years.
  • Some turtles can dive 3000 feet below the water's surface.
  • Airplanes in America collide with an average of 4 turtles a year on runways. 

Bottle Top Turtle
Supplies:
Bottle top
2 Q-tips
Popsicle stick
Marker
Card stock
Glue

Cut a circle the same size as the bottle top out of the card stock. Cut Q-tips and popsicle stick in half. Use glue to attach Q-tips for feet and popsicle stick for a head to card stock circle.

Use glue to attach circle to bottle top.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

S-s-snakes!


Thank you for visiting me during the A to Z Challenge! I hope you'll join me throughout the month of April. I'll be exploring animal crafts with Sassy Pants for each letter of the alphabet. Not only that, but I'll be sharing with you some interesting facts about each animal. (Just to showcase what a nerdy homeschooling mama I am. LOL)

S is for Snake

I hate snakes! We had one in our garage last year, and you can read about our uninvited guest

Here are some interesting facts about snakes:
  • There are around 3000 species of snake.
  • Snakes don't have eyelids.
  • Snakes have only one lung.
  • Snakes can't bite their food; they have to swallow it whole. They have special jaws that separate, allowing them to eat something 3 times the size of their head.
  • Snakes smell with their tongues.
  • Some sea snakes partially breathe through their skin, allowing them to stay underwater longer.
Cardboard Tube Snake
Supplies:
Paper towel tube
Toilet paper tube
Pipe cleaner
Tape
Crayons
Scissors

Color the tubes. Partially cut through the paper towel tube about every 2 inches for the snake's body. Cut away a rounded V from the toilet paper tube. Tape the pipe cleaner in the mouth for a tongue. Tape the 2 tubes together. Add eyes to the head.


Monday, April 21, 2014

Raccoons


Thank you for visiting me during the A to Z Challenge! I hope you'll join me throughout the month of April. I'll be exploring animal crafts with Sassy Pants for each letter of the alphabet. Not only that, but I'll be sharing with you some interesting facts about each animal. (Just to showcase what a nerdy homeschooling mama I am. LOL)

R is for Raccoon

I've never seen an actual raccoon - pictures or cartoons, but not a living, breathing raccoon. It's probably a good thing because they seem to be quite a nuisance.

Here are some interesting facts about raccoons:

  • Raccoons are very strong swimmers, but they do not have waterproof fur.
  • Raccoons are also very good climbers and are not afraid to drop from heights of 35 to 40 feet.
  • The hands of a raccoon are nimble enough to untie shoelaces, unlatch cages, and even take coins from a shirt pocket.
  • A raccoon's vocalizations include purrs, whistles, growls, hisses, screams, and whinnies.
  • Raccoons are carriers of many diseases, including raccoon roundworm which can cause death and blindness in humans.

Raccoon Mask
Supplies:
Paper plate
Black construction paper
Scissors
Crayons
Glue

Cut paper plate into a mask shape. Cut eye holes out of paper plate. Cut tear drop shapes out of black paper for raccoon eyes. Cut holes out of tear drops. Glue on paper plate. Color plate gray.

Cut triangles out of black paper for ears. Glue onto paper plate.

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Quail


Thank you for visiting me during the A to Z Challenge! I hope you'll join me throughout the month of April. I'll be exploring animal crafts with Sassy Pants for each letter of the alphabet. Not only that, but I'll be sharing with you some interesting facts about each animal. (Just to showcase what a nerdy homeschooling mama I am. LOL)

Q is for Quail

Before preparing for this post, the only thing I knew about quail is that they are popular for hunting. I've never gone quail hunting, though. (Actually I've never gone hunting for anything - too afraid of guns.)

Here are some interesting facts about quail:
  • There are 15 different species of quail with each species found in a different part of the world.
  • Quail lay brightly colored eggs, which are considered a delicacy in parts of the world.
  • California quail enjoy community dust baths.
  • The crest or plume on a quail's head is sometimes called a topknot.
  • The Gorgeted Wood quail is on the verge of extinction.
(Disclaimer: I'm not sure this actually looks anything like a quail, but it will have to do.)
Paper Plate Quail
Supplies:
Paper plate
Card stock
Stapler
Markers or crayons

Fold paper plate in half. Cut into ridged edge for quail's beak.

Cut out two small rectangles from card stock. Fold in half long way, then cut a triangle notch at one end of each for feet.

Staple feet inside bottom edge of plate. Bend feet so quail can stand.

Use markers or crayons to decorate quail.


Friday, April 18, 2014

Prickly Porcupine


Thank you for visiting me during the A to Z Challenge! I hope you'll join me throughout the month of April. I'll be exploring animal crafts with Sassy Pants for each letter of the alphabet. Not only that, but I'll be sharing with you some interesting facts about each animal. (Just to showcase what a nerdy homeschooling mama I am. LOL)

P is for Porcupine

I find porcupines fascinating. I don't understand how they don't hurt themselves on all of those prickly quills.

Here are some interesting facts about porcupines:
  • A porcupine has more than 30,000 quills covering its back, sides, and tail.
  • Porcupines are able to grow new quills to replace those lost.
  • Baby porcupines, called porcupettes, are born with soft quills that harden in a few hours.
  • A porcupine's quills are hollow and buoyant, allowing it the ability to swim.
  • Porcupines do not shoot out their quills.
Toothpick Porcupine
Supplies:
Clay
Toothpicks

Mold clay into porcupine shape. Carve out eyes on the face.


Place toothpicks in the porcupine's back for quills.


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Thursday, April 17, 2014

Octopus


Thank you for visiting me during the A to Z Challenge! I hope you'll join me throughout the month of April. I'll be exploring animal crafts with Sassy Pants for each letter of the alphabet. Not only that, but I'll be sharing with you some interesting facts about each animal. (Just to showcase what a nerdy homeschooling mama I am. LOL)

O is for Octopus

I've only seen octopuses at the aquarium and on television. (I had to look up what the plural of octopus is. Turns out that either octopuses or octopi is correct, but my computer keeps telling me that octopi is misspelled.)

Here are some interesting facts about octopuses:
  • An octopus is considered the most intelligent of invertebrates.
  • An octopus can change its body shape to escape a trap.
  • An octopus has 3 hearts but has a weak vascular system.
  • Octopuses can detach their arms and then regenerate them.
  • The blood of an octopus is blue.
Paper Bag Octopus
Supplies:
Paper bag
Rubber band
Scissors
Markers
Newspaper

Cut the bag into 8 strips from the top to about halfway down.

Stuff the top of the bag with newspaper. Tightly wrap the rubber band around the bag at the base of the newspaper. Use a marker to draw eyes and a  mouth on the head.


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