Hibernation

Hibernation with hedgehogs @pinkoddy

Hibernation

“Hibernation is an extended period of deep sleep, or torpor, that allows animals to survive winter extremes. Reducing metabolic rate and lowering body temperature enables survival through cold periods when food is scarce or has little energy value. Hibernating species usually work hard to build up large fat reserves before they bed down, and subsist on this during their torpor. They might wake up at intervals to defecate or top up on food.”

(source)

Sounds like a good idea to me. Computers can hibernate too. Wish humans did lol.

When my son came home from playgroup telling me he was going to wear his pyjamas in order to learn more about hibernation it got me thinking about a blog post I had seen on Little Sheep Learning with cooking and craft ideas for hedgehogs.

That’s when I decided that for tea we should have HEDGEHOGS!

Needless to say my 8 year old was not happy.

I do not want to eat a hedgehog!” he cried.

But he soon changed his mind when the first one was brought to the table.

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Body – Jacket potato

Eyes – tomatoes on sticks

Prickles – cheese and pineapple

Grass – salad leaves, cucumber pieces

Sticks – fish fingers sliced.

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4 year old decided that the hedgehog wanted to camouflage under the grass.

This was amazing as my children often refuse to eat salad but did eat some (if not all) of it.

Craft

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Next we made some hedgehogs by drawing around our feet for the bodies, and our hands for the spikes – colouring them in and sticking them together.

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A grown up helper may be required to help with cutting and sticking.

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We then stuck them to some mince pie cases to make the hedgehogs stand up.

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