Friday, December 28, 2012

Snowshoe Hare

Make this snowshoe hare during a study on winter animals.  To camouflage, snowshoe hares turn brown in the summer and white in the winter.
   Materials: Cotton balls, rabbit stencil, glue, scissors, sharpie, white construction paper.
 If you right-click the picture above, you should be able to use it as a template.
Trace the rabbit pattern onto white construction paper, cut out, and draw details with a sharpie.

 Add glue all over the rabbit cut-out.
 Add cotton balls.  Cotton balls may be stretched out to take up more space.  The rabbit may also be made from brown construction paper to represent the rabbit in the summer and then covered in white to show how it changes to camouflage in the winter. 
Some children will cover the whole rabbit pattern with cotton balls, some will just put a few and some might even outline the rabbit with cotton balls.  Whatever they choose to do is acceptable.  Try to focus more on the process instead of the finished product. Let them do as much as they can on their own and ask questions throughout such as, "What do the cotton balls feel like? Why do you think these rabbits change colors in the different seasons?  Why would they turn white in the winter?"

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