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Hedgehogs aren’t something we see very often, in fact, I don’t think any of my kids have seen a real one which is why they have been really inquisitive after we read The Very Helpful Hedgehog by Rosie Wellesley.
The book led to lots of discussions about where hedgehogs live, what they like to eat and why they hibernate, thankfully there is a whole website dedicated Hedgehog Facts which helped me out! With a keen interested in hedgehogs it was a perfect time to create our own with these really easy fork painted hedgehogs.
To help you out I’ve even included a free hedgehog printable to download.
You will need:
We have made these hedgehogs before so the eldest Tot with me remembered exactly what to do and the rest followed her lead by pressing the forks into the paint and then onto their paper. This is a great activity for getting children to notice the marks they make on paper, a pre-cursor to early writing.
Painting with a fork is not something the other two little ones had tried before so they were very excited to see the marks the fork made and Jack shouted it was “like a hedgehog!”.
Once they were satisfied they had added enough spikes to their hedgehog we then glued on the googly eyes and nose which was a bit tricky but they all did a really good job in sticking them down in the face area.
To finish them off they each added a mouth with the black marker and we then left them to dry.
These were created by children aged 2 1/2 years old to nearly 3 years old and I’m so impressed with their finished results as are the children.
You could also use this printout for sticking leaves on like Let Them be Small did with their Autumn Leaf Hedgehog or add strips of brown card and practice those scissor skills like these Paper Plate Hedgehogs from House a Forest.