The hedgehog is a nocturnal, spiny mammal that lives in parts of Europe, Asia, Africa and New Zealand. Hedgehogs are known for the spines or quills that cover their bodies. Use hedgehog crafts to enhance a lesson plan on the mammals or to use as innovative and imaginative gift items.
Paper Plate Craft
Kids can make a hedgehog out of a paper plate and brown construction paper. Fold a paper plate in half and staple the edges to close. Paint the paper plate light brown. With the flat side down, draw a face on one of the corners. Cut long, thick strips of brown paper to represent quills. The quills should be thicker on one end and taper to a point on the other. Glue the quills in place on the hedgehog's body.
Make a useful pin cushion that looks like a hedgehog. Use felt to create the body of the hedgehog. Cut two half circles to form the body. Sew the two round parts of the half circles together with embroidery thread using a whip stitch. Add a bead on either side of the hedgehog's head to represent eyes. Stuff the hedge hog with cotton batting, then glue the two flat parts to a piece of cardboard. Put stick pins into the hedgehog to represent quills.
Create a hedgehog paper weight out of a rock and other simple materials. Select a brown toned rock or paint a rock brown. Add googly eyes and a small pom-pom nose to create a face for the hedgehog. Use a paintbrush to apply white craft glue to the back half of the rock. Add uncooked wild rice to the glued area to create the quills. Cut two small triangles out of tan or brown felt and glue them onto the rock to form the ears.
Other Hedgehog Crafts
Consider the many ways to create hedgehog crafts. For instance, use a plastic foam ball and toothpicks to make a decorative hedgehog craft. Cut a plastic foam ball in half. Paint one half brown. Use two stick pins to add two beads for eyes, and glue a small pom-pom nose onto the face. Snap two toothpicks in half and stick the four pieces onto the flat part of the hedgehog to form legs. Poke other toothpick pieces into the animal's back to from the spines.