This porcupine craft starts with a few basic supplies and turns into something fun and whimsical. Not only is it an adorable paper plate animal craft, but it is a great way for little ones to work on their fine motor skills in a fun way. That is one of the reasons that it is a perfect porcupine craft for preschoolers. But it is also fun for kids of any age to make.
Fun Facts About Porcupines
- Though they look a little dangerous, porcupines are very gentle animals.
- They are solitary and stay out of sight during the day.
- Porcupines love climbing trees.
- The quills of a porcupine, have natural antibiotics.
- Porucpines have about 30,000 quills on their body at any given time and can grow and drop their quills.
For more interesting facts about porcupines, check out this article by National Geographic Kids.
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SUPPLIES FROM THE BAG
- Paper plate (9-inch coated)
- Brown crayon
- Black Sharpie marker
- Clothespins (10 to 12)
- Washi tape (assorted colors)
- Large googly eye (25mm self-adhesive)
- Porcupine Template
This is one of the shortest supply lists for any craft on this site. But no matter how long the list is, you will have everything that you need if you have used our master list to fill up your bag. After all, everything we make here comes from the same master list of basic craft supplies. And we do that to make your life easier and to make crafting with your kids actually doable, even when life is hectic.
This porcupine craft is just like a therapeutic tool that I would take with me from school to school for students to use to work on their fine motor skills and pinch strength. Little ones will need a little help with the cutting of the porcupine template but when it is finished, this porcupine craft idea is a great way to develop hand skills.
Step 1: Use the Porcupine Template
- Print the porcupine template and cut it out.
- Trace around it onto the bottom of the paper plate and cut it out.
*If you do not have access to a printer, draw the shape you see in the picture free-hand onto the paper plate and cut it out. It’s basically an oval with a flat bottom and a snout added.
Step 2: Color
- Get out your brown crayon and color the entire surface of your porcupine craft.
- Then use the black Sharpie marker to draw on the nose and mouth.
- Finally, stick on the large googly eye.
Step 3: Add Some Color to the Needles
- On each clothespin place some washi tape. You can choose one color, even a brown, or do a variety of colors like we did here.
- Trim or fold over the excess washi tape.
Step 4: Put Together the Porcupine Craft
- Pinch your washi covered clothespins onto the back of your porcupine craft.
Now that you know how to make this porcupine craft, make it your own. These instructions are just a starting place, a guideline. You should choose your own colors and design. Maybe your porcupine isn’t a porcupine at all…but maybe it’s a hedgehog craft. And maybe yours is rainbow colored or covered in stars or polka dots. I bet you can come up with some amazing porcupine craft ideas. Can’t wait to see what you make!
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