Hedgehogs seem to be all over the Internet these days. Since our creative preschool learning theme this week is Hibernation, Little Sister and I took to the Internet to find out more about these adorable little creatures. We learned about how hedgehogs hibernate and read the cute story, One Snowy Night (we actually watched a read aloud online). Then we made a fun paper plate hedgehog craft to go along with the story.
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Hedgehog Hibernation Preschool Theme
One Snowy Night by M. Christina Butler
This is an adorable story about a little hedgehog who is woken up from his winter sleep by a cold wind. He finds a gift from Father Christmas. It’s a red, woolly hat. His quills get in the way so he gives it to a friend who gives it to another friend and so on for different reasons. Eventually it is given to a fox who ends up finding Little Hedgehog in the snow. He scoops him up into the warm, red hat – it makes the perfect sized blanket!
It has a great message about sharing and being kind to others.
We watched a few short learning videos on Youtube as well as a couple cute ones of pet hedgehogs. Here is kids video about animals who hibernate that is great for younger kids. We learned that they make a nest of leaves and curl up into a ball for their long sleep. This is to keep them safe since they are then a ball of prickly quills.
How to make the Paper Plate Hedgehog Craft
In the book, the red hat is the main object and in the end, Little Hedgehog ends back up with it when fox uses it as a blanket for him. Inspired by this, we made a hedgehog lying on top as a hat.
- paper plates (we used dessert-sized)
- markers (crayons, paint, etc.)
- pom poms
1. Fold the paper plate in half, then open it back up.
2. Draw a nose/snout and face shape above the crease mark. Cut around the top outline of the head and then up to the edge of the plate forming a triangle shape (see photos for reference).
3. Fill in the nose, then draw an eye and mouth.
4. Color the hedgehog brown using quick strokes all going in (basically) the same direction.
5. Color the hat red. Little Sister chose to make her hat yellow with purple polka dots.
6. Use a scissor to make snips at the top of the hedgehog, stopping at the curved line. These create the quills. Ruffle/bend them so the stick up at different heights. This is great for preschoolers to practice cutting!
7. Add a pom pom to the bottom of the hat.
8. If you’d like, add the name of the book on the hat. My kids chose to name theirs instead. Little Sister picked Pokey for a name while Big Brother chose to name his Tess.
Fork Print Hedgehog
It happened to be Hh for the Letter of the Week in my daughter’s preschool class this week (she goes 3 days a week for 3 hours). They made this fun Hedgehog painting by making fork prints. She was so excited to show it to Big Brother when he got home from school.
Creative Preschool Hibernation Theme
- Paper Bag Chipmunk Kid Craft – I Heart Crafty Things
- Paper Plate Hibernation Bear Craft – A Little Pinch of Perfect
- Paper Bag and Toilet Roll Hibernating Bear Craft – Pink Stripey Socks
- Build a Cave Engineering Challenge – Handmade Kids Art
- Hibernation Sensory Bag – School Time Snippets
Our theme in 2 weeks is ROBOTS and incase you missed the last creative preschool learning theme, it was MONSTERS.