This stick weaving craft will be your new go-to outdoor activity for kids! It’s easy to set up, kids can make the porcupine with an adult or independently, and you can reuse the weaving board over and over again! This is perfect for the homeschool or classroom setting. It also makes a great remote learning suggestion for parents to try at home!
We love stick crafts! You can always find sticks laying on the ground outside, so you can try them anytime of year. I love this stick craft in particular because you can create a porcupine, take the sticks out, and create a new one at a different time. You can also weave in other seasonal nature finds as well, like flowers, leaves, or pine needles to make it extra special!
Not only will kids create an adorable porcupine craft, but they will get the added benefit of working on fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination while creating their prickly friend!
Ready to give it a try!? Here’s what you’ll need..
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Here’s How to Make Your Porcupine Weaving Board:
Trace half of a bowl to make the half circle for the porcupine body.
Then draw the head and cut out the porcupine with and X-ACTO knife. Now you can flip over the porcupine, draw the smile and nose, and stick on the googly eye. If you don’t have googly eyes, you can always draw it.
Make cut marks and add the rubber bands. The cut marks will keep the rubber bands in place.
Now model how to weave the sticks through the rubber bands to create the prickly quills. I suggest looking for thin sticks and the sticks should all be around the same width. If you have a couple of really thick thicks, then the thinner sticks will fall through the rubber bands. Almost all of our sticks stayed in place, but you might want to bring a couple extra rubber bands outside with you to reinforce the sticks as you go!
Children can snap the sticks to make them just the right size for their porcupine.
If you planned this craft for the day and the weather isn’t cooperating, you can always run out to collect some sticks and assemble your porcupine indoors! Either way, this is a super fun activity that connects children to the outdoors and nature!
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I hope you give this simple nature activity a try! I promise, your little nature lovers will love this one.