Before I begin the endless Christmas activities with the children I thought I would try some winter ones; we have been chatting and reading about hibernation “no giraffes don’t hibernate”, “no zebras don’t hibernate”, “no no not elephants either”, many very interesting conversations along those lines.

Then I thought lets get crafty as they most enjoy making a mess, so we made some animals and some homes to hibernate in.

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First I gave each child a bowl with a mixture of 1 cup of flour and a 1/3 of a cup of salt in it, then I added drops of water whilst they made a sticky mess squishing it all together with their hands until they had a nice play-dough consistency. Once the dough was ready they got creative making some interesting looking animals and then I placed them on a baking tray and put them in the oven on a low heat for a couple of hours until they were solid.

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Don’t they look good, you have mice, snails, snakes and can you guess which is a crocodile…

Then it was time to decorate them, out came the paints…

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The badger was my favourite.

Then I made some homes out of cereal boxes which they decorated with leaves and tadaa we have some hibernating animals.

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