Pinecone Hedgehogs

October 19, 2018

Our little boy created these pinecone hedgehogs all by himself and learnt something about pinecones in the process…

Pinecone Hedgehogs

Making this little hedgehog family was something our little boy came up with himself.

  • He collected some pinecones from outside.
  • Found an old shoebox and coloured in the bottom with crayons. This was going to be their den.
  • Then he stuck on some eyes (we always keep a supply ready to hand!),
  • and blue tacked on a some fluffy balls for noses.

Little Hedgehog Family
He was very proud of his little hedgehog family (recent inspired by finding a baby hedgehog that hadn’t hibernated and was taken off to the vets).  

But what happens to pinecones when they dry out?

The hedgehog family has changed!
The pine cones were picked on a cold damp Winter day, but after being indoors overnight, the little hedgehogs had transformed!

When the humidity level is up, pinecones close up. As the weather dries out, they open out.

Creating some little hedgehogs could be a useful activity you could do with your kids. Pick them on a wet day and leave them overnight and watch them transform.


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Father to 3 kids, who loves getting out and about (hiking, running, camping, cycling, canoeing...) Co-founded Get Out With The Kids to help other parents enjoy the outdoors with their family.

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