Thursday, February 27, 2014

One Winter's Day

 And this is the last catch-up post I'm making for tonight, a book study my friend, Hannah, hosted for our homeschooling co-op of One Winter's Day by M. Christina Butler.  (She had too many cute ideas not to share.)
Here is Amazon's synopsis of this book: "When a fierce windstorm blows away Little Hedgehog's nest, he puts on his winter clothes and sets off for Badger's warm house. On his way, Hedgehog meets his friends, all shivering in the wind and snow. One by one, Hedgehog gives away his cozy mittens, hat, and scarf."  It was such a sweet read and the kids loved it!
 After the book, it was time for our craft!  Hannah found a great one to go with this book from http://www.fantasticfunandlearning.com/hedgehog-craft-and-book-activities.html, an adorable little Handprint Hedgehog, using brown and cream-colored craft paper, red felt, a black pom-pom, googly eyes, scissors, glue, and a pencil.
 First, the kids traced their handprints onto the brown craft paper, several times, and cut them out to make spines for their hedgehogs.  Hannah then provided the felt pieces, which she had pre-cut to look like a winter hat.  The felt pieces were glued together and the handprints were glued behind the hat.  Next, we made a cone shape with our cream-colored pieces of paper, adhering the cone to our handprints for the hedgehog's face.  Lastly, we added our critter's eyes and nose.  (Just a tip ... Tacky Glue is the best thing to use with this craft as it is stickier and dries more quickly than white glue.)
Here's Maggie, with her drying hedgehog.  (She was not in the mood for pictures that day.)
 One of the kids in our co-op had a birthday that day and his mom wanted to bring cupcakes in to celebrate.  She coordinated with Hannah and this is what she brought in ... mini hedgehogs!  So fun!
 The kids loved them!  (Who am I kidding?  So did the adults!)
Yep.  She was definitely tired of me taking pictures!
 The real surprise of the day?  We had a special visitor!  It was Ferris the hedgehog!
 Getting a snack ...
 He is so stinkin' cute!
 The kids learned all about hedgehogs and got to pet Ferris after his snack!
 Thanks, Hannah, for another great hosting!

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