Porcupine Prickles

Porcupine Prickles craft

Stand back! W-a-y back! Real porcupine quills can prick! Will your critter be friendly or fierce?

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    Porcupines are good climbers. They stay in trees and usually come out at night. Look at pictures of them to see their quill-covered backs and tails. Has anyone you know ever seen a porcupine? Ask them! Porcupines only live in the Americas and Africa.

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    Porcupines make a warning noise to let you know they’re around. Then they lower their heads and raise their quills. Often they shake their bodies to make their quills rattle. It’s a myth that they throw their quills. But they can hurt attackers with their raised quills by backing into them or hitting them with their tails. Here’s one way to make a prickly porcupine.

  • 3.

    Mix the color from Crayola® Washable Markers into white Crayola Model Magic. Knead to get the colors you like. Sculpt a porcupine or a porcupette (baby porcupine).

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    Poke the surface with a wooden toothpick for texture. Or, if your porcupine is excited, leave the toothpicks stuck in the porcupine for quills. Where will your porcupine perch?