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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.


(Also, if you leave a comment and come back to find it's gone, I apologize. I don't know what is happening and why it's switching from IntenseDebate back to Blogger comments and deleting what was there.)

12 comments:

  1. What a fun idea for A To Z!! And I like porcupines too. :)

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  2. Thank you! I think porcupines are cute, but I don't want to get too close. :)

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  3. What an adorable idea for A to Z. I had to go back through all of your crafty ideas. I taught child development for 22 years in both college and high school. Part of my high school job was to have my students run a preschool. We made some of the crafts you have shown in our preschool craft time but others are new to me. You've given me fun ideas to use with my grand children. By the way I love your darling little craft model.
    Thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving a comment. It is very nice to meet you. I will be back.

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    1. Thanks for stopping back by here! My degree is in early childhood education, and I LOVED my child development classes. Running a preschool sounds like a great way to teach child development to high school students. I'm glad you liked the crafts that are new to you.

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  4. I saw a porcupine for the first time a few weeks ago. It was night and it was on our driveway. It ran away and it was soooo funny to watch! They look so stupid when they run. lol I love it. And this is a neat way to keep your toothpicks. Do you use this in your kitchen?

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    1. I can't imagine how funny they must look when they run! I'd never thought about this being a way to store toothpicks once the clay dries. Hmm. I might have to do that, especially since a couple of my older small people liked the craft so much that they made porcupines too. :)

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  5. So many things I didn't know know about porcupines. I love how their quills allow them to swim: very clever. I'm going to have to try making the toothpick porcupine with my daughter next time she's on school holiday. It looks fab.

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    1. I hope you and your daughter enjoy making the porcupine!

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  6. Oh my goodness! I'm definitely doing this craft when P comes along! I hope none of the kids trip and poke out an eye, but that will be an adorable craft!

    Also, no additional porcupine facts today, I'm afraid. :(

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    1. I hope the kids enjoy making it. Definitely don't want the kids to trip and poke out an eye. :)

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  7. Oh. My. These are awesome posts for the A to Z Challenge! I homeschooled my kids for many years, and they would have loved these crafts.

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    1. Thank you! I'm glad you stopped by. I love meeting other homeschooling mamas.

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