Hedgehogs – Leaf and Paper Collages – Autumn / Fall Preschool Craft

Hedgehogs always remind me of Autumn, and these collages are a lovely, simple preschool Fall activity to celebrate the season.

Hedgehogs - Leaf and Paper Collages - Autumn/Fall Preschool Craft Our Little House int he CountryWe have a hedgehog who regularly helps himself to our cat’s food at night before hibernating for the winter, so my kiddies were delighted to create their own paper version of “Hedgy”, our little prickly buddy! We have lots of other autumn activities for you to try in our Seasonal section of the blog.

Hedgehogs - Leaf and Paper Collages - Autumn/Fall Preschool Craft Our Little House in the CountryWhat we used:

  • card – flesh coloured and blue
  • sugar paper in autumnal colours
  • glue sticks
  • leaves
  • buttons
  • crayons
  • scissors

Hedgehogs - Leaf and Paper Collages - Autumn/Fall Preschool Craft Our Little House in the CountryWhat we did:

  • I helped the children to draw a rough shape of a hedgehog using the card – basically a mound with a snout!
  • On a piece of blue card we drew lots of grass using green crayons before sticking our hedgehog shapes onto the grass.
  • For younger children simply tearing the sugar paper into strips (length of the body) can create a great effect for the prickles.  For children with good cutting skills, encourage them to cut zig zags to create a “crown” shape.
  • Starting at the top, stick the strips onto the body, overlapping each strip, using an alternate colour each time.
  • Trim off the edges.
  • Draw a snout/nose and eye onto the face or use a button for the eye like we did.  We also added little ears.
  • Using leaves collected from the garden, stick them along the bottom of the piece of card so that the hedgehog looks as if he is scurrying through the fallen leaves.
  • Mount on autumn coloured paper or card, we used a double mount of orange and brown paper.

Hedgehogs - Leaf and Paper Collages - Autumn/Fall Preschool Craft Our Little House in the CountryAutumn is one of my favourite times of year, there is so much colour and inspiration in nature that gives me ideas for the crafts and activities that we do.  But, I am always looking for new ideas to try out and would love to hear from you!  What Autumn/Fall activities have you and your children been doing!  Share a photo with us on our Facebook page or use the hashtag #autumncraftsfor kids on Instagram so that we can take a look!  If you would like to share a link to your own Fall activity posts please feel free to do so on our Facebook page and we will be delighted to share with our readers!

Have fun!

Ciara

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