Preschool Activities and Printables

Toothpick Porcupines

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Make these pokey, adorable toothpick porcupines with air dry clay and toothpicks.  We made two different kinds, a “regular” porcupine, and a rainbow porcupine!


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You’ll need
air dry clay (we used 2 different brands, both worked great)


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For a rainbow porcupine, you’ll start by coloring toothpicks in any colors you choose.  Use washable markers, because fingers will definitely get colored on.  Make sure you’ve protected your table, too!


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Separate about a handful of clay in each color. Roll and smush it into a rough teardrop shape.  This will be your porcupine’s body.


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Fit as many toothpicks (quills) as you can into your porcupine’s body.  Break two toothpicks in half for each porcupine, and use these shorter pieces as legs.  When they’re all set, draw smiling little faces on them.  Cute little critters!



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I am a certified K-12 Art Educator who lives, works, and blogs from Philadelphia, PA. I have a background in the studio arts (printmaking, photography, fiber arts and design), and am interested in making, collaborating, collecting, and recording things. One of my main goals as a grown-up is to help kids increase their visual literacy, by exposing them to art history, introducing vocabulary, and teaching kinesthetic art making skills. These lessons in visual literacy often take place in an intentional classroom setting, but just as well might happen at home, working on a project!
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