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.

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