Throughout autumn and winter, we like to explore the theme of hibernation and what animals do as the seasons change.

This simple Hedgehog craft for toddlers and preschoolers is easy to make and we made it as we looked at what Hedgehogs and other animals do as the weather gets colder.

toddler and preschool hand print hedgehog craft to make

Hedgehogs and Hibernation

Hedgehogs are one of the mammals in the UK that hibernate during the winter.

As a child, I always remember the adverts around Bonfire Night warning us to check the bonfires before we lit them for any hibernating hedgehogs.

In our own garden, we have built a log pile with the kids which provides a similar refuge for the hedgehogs over the winter.

Inspired by seeing one of these nocturnal creatures out and about during the day as it hunts for its winter home we decided to create a simple craft based on it.

toddler and preschool hand print hedgehog craft to make

Materials To make A Hand Print Hedgehog With Tots

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How you make Paper Handprint Hedgehog

Although we drew around hands for this craft you could instead use brown paint and make handprints and cut them out and follow the instructions below.

creating hedgehogs
  1. Draw around your toddlers and preschoolers hands on the brown paper.
  2. Cut out their hands.
  3. Lay the handprints out with the first palm being the nose and then with the fingers pointing up to be a spine.
  4. Hand over the glue stick to your toddlers and preschoolers to make the hedgehogs.
  5. Once the gluing has finished, add a googly eye to complete.
hibernation craft
Hedgehog craft for preschoolers

Books About Hibernation and Winter Animals for Toddlers and Preschoolers

For concepts that your toddlers and preschoolers are enjoying and help them understand a little more about the world around them, it’s great to read around the topic and add some books to your book basket.

Our favourite book about hibernation and winter animals is Over and Under the Snow by Kate Messner. Read here why we love this book.

One Snowy Night by M. Christina Butler tells the tale of a little Hedgehog whose home gets blown away in a storm as he’s trying to get comfortable for the winter, as he goes to find shelter he meets lots of other animals that are looking for warmth, he helps them out and in return by the end of the book they help him out as well. This really is a lovely story and the whole series of books by M. Christina Butler are fabulous and a must for your children’s bookshelves.

Our other book recommendation is Time to Sleep by Denise Flemming we love how all of the animals in the forest from the bear to the turtle are included in the preparations for winter and going to hibernate.

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Cerys Parker

Cerys is a marine biologist, environmental educator, high school teacher and mum. Realising that life doesn't have to be put on hold and you don't just have to survive whilst the kids are young she shares ideas to inspire you to LIVE with the kids, with activities to do together, recipes to cook and enjoy and family travel to make memories to last a lifetime.

16 Comments

  1. Love the hedgehog – littl’un saw her first in Grandma & Grandpa’s garden on bonfire night and was entranced. We had a bit of a hedgehog reading theme as well with Mrs Tiggywinkle and Alison Utley’s Fuzzypeg – I had forgotten all about One Snowy Night, which we do have and love. Will have to get out.

  2. I’ve posted our hedgehog post this week too (shall be linking it up with you Tuesday) and we did a hand one like this last year.

    Yours is very cute. Love all the other detail with your post too.

    Visiting from Countrykids

  3. Cerys, I love your little hedgehog and how you turn an outdoor find into a whole series of learning opportunities. We saw one in the week at a friends house when we stopped to collect their boy for cubs, I wish I had grabbed a photo, 4 little cubs gazing in awe at this hedgehog in the lights of the car beam was quite a sight! Thank you for joining me on Country Kids.

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