Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Giraffe


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)

G is for Giraffe

Giraffes are another animal I find fascinating with their long legs and necks. My small people have enjoyed feeding the giraffes at the zoo the past couple of times we've gone.

Here are some interesting facts about giraffes:
  • Giraffes spend most of their lives standing up. They even sleep and give birth standing up. (My legs hurt after standing up for more than a few hours. LOL)
  • Giraffes only sleep between 10 minutes and 2 hours each day. (I definitely could not survive on that. I need my 8 hours!)
  • A giraffe's neck contains the same number of vertebrae as a human's neck. (This is amazing! Those must be some big vertebrae!)
  • Like human fingerprints, no 2 giraffes have the same spot pattern.
  • NASA studied the rapidly inflating leg veins in baby giraffes to design a device that would keep astronauts leg veins in shape while in space.
  • Giraffes can not cough. (How do they know this? Do they ask them to cough and the giraffe simply refuses?)
Clothespin Giraffe
Supplies:
Clothespins
Card stock
Markers
Glue

Draw and cut out ovals from card stock for a body and head. Color body, head, and clothespins yellow. Add orange spots to body and clothespins.



Attach head to the neck clothespin with glue. Clip clothespins onto body to make legs and neck.
Would you want a neck as long as a giraffe's?
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