Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Nothing at All


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)

N is for Nothing

While I had a few N animals to choose from, I couldn't come up with any decent crafts. (Not that all of the others are outstanding. LOL) So today I've got NO craft to share. I do have some "N" animal facts to share, though.

Here are some interesting facts about narwhals:
  • A narwhal's horn is actually a tooth that can grow to be up to 10 feet long.
  • The squeals and whistles of a narwhal can deafen a human.
  • Narwhals can live to be 50 years old.
  • Narwhals swim belly up and lie motionless for several minutes.
  • It is illegal to import narwhal tusks into the US.
Here are some interesting facts about nightingales:
  • Nightingales were named because they frequently sing at night as well as the day.
  • The nightingale is the national bird of Iran.
  • Nightingales' eggs are a deep olive color.
Here are some interesting facts about newts:
  • Newts can regenerate limbs and body parts.
  • Many newts are highly toxic.
  • Oils in human skin can be toxic to newts.
That's it. That's all I've got today. Come back tomorrow and I should have an O animal craft. :)

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Eek, a Mouse!


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)

M is for Mouse

I am terrified of mice! I think if I saw one in my house, it would be time to move. There are only 2 mice that I like - Minnie and Mickey!

Here are some interesting facts about mice:
  • When they are frightened, mice will play dead until the danger has passed.
  • Mice eat 15 to 20 times a day. (So does my teenage son. LOL)
  • Mice have scales on their tails. They use these to help them climb.
  • A group of mice is called a mischief. (Seems fitting!)
  • Mice are clean, tidy, and organized. (Hmm, maybe my small people can learn something from mice.)
Index Card Mouse
Supplies:
3"x5" index card
Scissors
Tape
Crayons

Color the index card. (Sassy chose to make a rainbow mouse rather than a "boring gray" one.) Cut the index card to a 3"x3" square. Round one corner. Cut a long, thin strip from the remaining card; this will be the tail. Bring the sides of the card to create a cone and tape it. Tape the tail inside the cone.
Sassy had some help from The Boy to make her mouse.
Use crayons to add eyes and a nose.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Not Lyin' about Lions

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)

L is for Lion

The lion is known as the King of the Forest. I've never understood that because lions don't live in the forest; they live on the savanna. Either way, these are some powerful, regal cats.

Here are some interesting facts about lions:

  • A male lion's mane protects it when it fights.
  • Lions can run up to 50 mph for short distances. (As long as whatever vehicle I am in can get to 50+ quickly, I think I could handle a safari.)
  • A lion's roar can be heard up to 5 miles away. (I think I've heard some temper tantrums that could rival that.)
  • Lions were once found throughout Africa, Europe, and Asia. They are now only found in Africa and in one national park in India that was created just to protect that Asiatic species.
  • A lion's heels don't touch the ground when it walks.
  • Lions sleep up to 20 hours a day. (I think I could handle that this week while we're on spring break.)
Paper Plate Lion
Supplies:
Paper plate
Yellow & orange construction paper
Scissors
Glue
Crayons or markers

Cut construction paper into strips.
Yes, that is a pop tart. She decided to snack while making her lion. 

Glue strips around the outside of the paper plate.

Using crayons or markers, add a face.

You could also cut out holes for the eyes and make it a mask.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Kangaroo


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)

K is for Kangaroo

I think I first fell in love with kangaroos because of Winnie the Pooh. The sweet mothering of Kanga and spunky little Roo warmed my heart. But my love affair with kangaroos ends with the cartoon variety; the power in the legs of the real ones scare me. 

I took the easy way out for the kangaroo craft by using a coloring sheet, so I ended up doing 2 crafts.

Here are some interesting facts about kangaroos:
  • Kangaroos are the only large mammals that use hopping as their primary way of moving.
  • Kangaroos are able to move their ears in different directions without moving the rest of their head. (Yet another skill that I would find really useful, but only if it meant I could hear AND understand 2 things at once.)
  • There are more kangaroos than people living in Australia.
  • On land, kangaroos only move their hind legs together, but in the water, they move each leg separately to swim.
  • Kangaroos can't hop backward. (I guess that makes doing the Hokey Pokey a little difficult if they have to put their whole body in and out.)
Supplies:
Kangaroo coloring page
Scissors
Brown card stock
Glue

Color and cut out the kangaroo pieces. Trace pouch onto brown card stock. Glue outer edges of pouch onto adult kangaroo, leaving the top open.


Supplies:
Paper plate
Crayons
Ribbon
Stapler

Color, then cut paper plate in half.
Staple 2 halves of paper plate together to make a pouch, leaving the top open. Cut 2 lengths of ribbon. Staple ribbon to either side of paper plate.
Tie around waist and now you have a kangaroo pouch. Sassy decided to stick the kangaroo and joey she made in her pouch.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Just a Little Jellyfish

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)

J is for Jellyfish

I have a huge fear of jellyfish. I remember when I was at church camp in middle school. The camp was on an island off the South Carolina coast, and each day we had swimming time at the ocean. After hearing that a couple of people had been stung by jellyfish, I spent my swimming time sitting in the sand. I had NO desire to join the jellyfish in the water.

Here are some interesting facts about jellyfish:
  • Jellyfish aren't actually fish, so many aquariums have started to call them jellies.
  • A group of jellyfish is called a smack.
  • Jellyfish have no brain or central nervous system. (I think I know some people like that.)
  • Jellyfish are over 90% water.
  • Jellyfish can sting even after they're dead. (I consider this a great reason to fear them. Anything that can hurt me after it's dead is definitely scary.)
Coffee Filter Jellyfish
Supplies:
Coffee filter
Wax paper
Washable markers
Spray bottle of water
Tape

Color the coffee filter using washable markers.
Spritz water on the coffee filter using a spray bottle. I recommend placing a paper plate or something under the coffee filter because the colors will run.
Let the coffee filter dry. Cut thin strips of wax paper. 
Attach strips to edges of the coffee filter.
We put a pipe cleaner through the middle of the coffee filter so Sassy could hold up the jellyfish and let the tentacles hang down.
Have you ever been stung by a jellyfish?

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Inch Along, Inchworm


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)

I is for Inchworm

I don't think I've ever actually seen an inchworm other than in pictures, so this was a fun creature to learn more about.

Here are some interesting facts about inchworms:
  • Inchworms aren't actually worms; they are caterpillars that become geometer moths.
  • Inchworms have legs at both ends of their bodies and none in the middle.
  • Some inchworms can spin silk similar to a spider's.
  • While most inchworms are herbivores, there is a carnivorous species that lives in Hawaii.
  • Inchworms protect themselves from predators by mimicking twigs or foliage.
 Inchworm Craft
Supplies:
Paper towel tube
Pipe cleaner
Markers
Stapler
Scissors 

Flatten the paper towel tube and cut into 4 sections. Cut 3 of the sections in half the long way, and poke 2 holes in the top of the full circle section. Color sections with markers. Add eyes to the whole section.
For the inchworm's body, staple the cut sections together end to end. Staple the whole section on the end for the inchworm's head. Put pipe cleaner through holes in the top for antennae.


Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Hummingbirds


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)

H is for Hummingbird

Hummingbirds are amazing little creatures. We don't have a hummingbird feeder, but I really want to add one to my yard.

Here are some interesting facts about hummingbirds:
  • Each species of hummingbird makes a different humming sound.
  • Hummingbird feet are too small for them to walk or hop.
  • A hummingbird eats twice its body weight every day. (There are days that I think I've done that too. Never a good thing. LOL)
  • The throat color is not due to the pigment of the feathers but because of iridescence in the feather arrangement and is influenced by light level and moisture.
  • Despite being so small, hummingbirds are very aggressive and will attack jays, crows, and hawks that come into their territory. (Sounds like my tiny but feisty Sassy Pants.)
 Iridescent Hummingbird
Supplies:
Paper cupcake liner
Card stock
Aluminum foil
Crayon
Tape
Scissors

Cut the cupcake liner into four quarters. Cut a small oval from card stock. Wrap the oval in foil and tape to hold. Use a green crayon to color the foil.
Tape a section of the liner on each side of the oval for the hummingbird's wings. Tape another section to the back of the oval for a tail. Color a strip of card stock black. Cut a long, thin beak and 2 small circles for eyes from the strip. Attach to the oval. 

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