Hedgehog Nature Weave Craft for kids
If you're a regular followers of our blog, I think you'll have gathered by now that we love to re-use as many materials as possible. I think it's safe to say that I've developed a slight addiction with hoarding anything that's considered a loose part or can be placed in the recycle bins. In my eyes, every little scrap of cardboard has potential and I think hubby may be getting slightly anxious about the amount of it building up in our garage.
Today's craft was a great excuse to riffle through this collection and combine it with one of our favorite fine motor nature weave activities. I'd actually found a dead hedgehog in the wood shed. The poor little thing must've been using the stack of logs to hide or sleep in and got squashed when a load of them fell in on top of each other. Of course the girls were fascinated by it and it made me think that we should do a craft to honor the poor little critter who met its demise in our wood shed.
It's pretty simple really.
SCISSORS OR CRAFT KNIFE (depending on the thickness of the card)
LEAVES AND FLOWERS
I wanted to make a few of the cardboard hedgehogs so I asked my clever arty hubby to draw a hedgehog on a piece of paper so that I could cut it out and use it as a template on the cardboard. I cut this out and then used it to draw a few more hedgehogs which i cute out using a craft knife since I was using bits of an cardboard box. After I cut out the hedgehogs, I drew around the edges with a marker pen and gave him some character with an eye, nose and mouth.
I cut off a length of yarn, about 40 cm, and taped one end to the back of the card. This is when the weave creation part can begin. Kids can simply wrap the yarn around the hedgehog, using the spikes as a guide and holding the yarn in place. It may help to model this part to the kids first so that they get the idea of what they are aiming for. After that it should be easy for even preschoolers to do this part unaided.
The next fun part is the nature weave. Autumn leaves are perfect but since it's spring here, we found some red leaves on the hedge line on part of our garden. The kids then set to work manipulating the stalks of the leaves under and over the yarn, securing the leaves into the weave. As a final little bonus, miss 3 wanted to add some little flowers; which we think give our little hedgehog the perfect finish.