Underground Animal Fun!

Week 3 is all about underground animals!

SRP PROGRAM: SCHOOL AGE

OPENING

Draw & Tell Hedgehog Story: I wanted the group to guess what they were learning about, so I did a “draw and tell” story about a hedgehog. By the time I was halfway done they all guessed it was either a porcupine or hedgehog. It was a fun way to get the program started! Thank you Notes from the Story Room for such a fun story!

Credit: Story and Drawing Instructions – Notes from the Story Room

Animal Track I.D. Activity: Leah made an awesome PowerPoint presentation of animal tracks! The group had to guess what animal the footprint tracks belonged to and whether or not it was a burrowing animal. I was surprised how well the group did with this game – we had a smart bunch 🙂 There is a free download of the Animal Track cards here on Hobby Farms.

CRAFT

Mole-in-a-Hole: This pop-up mole craft was so fun to make and play with 🙂

You will need:
-Paper OR Foam cup (I don’t recommend plastic)
-Popsicle stick or straw
-Black, Green, &  Light Pink construction paper
-Googly eye
-Tape
-Glue
-Scissors

Instructions: Using the mole template, cute out mole and glue on hands, feet, nose, and eye. Let dry while you prepare the “hole” (cup). Using the green paper cut out grass and tape on the cup. Cut hole in the bottom of the cup so straw or popsicle stick can slide through easily. I would not recommend using plastic cups because we had a hard time getting the straw to slide through and they broke easily! Once mole is dry, tape on stick or straw. This craft is easy to do with a school age group and they had lots of fun with it!

Credit: Activity Village
Template: Mole-in-a-Hole Template

Paper Plate Hedgehog: This is another great idea for a craft! Fold paper plate in half and staple. Cut silhouette shape of hedgehog nose. Create quills by cutting along the hedgehog’s back. Color and decorate 🙂

Credit: Net Mums

SONG

“One Mole Dug a Hole”: After we made our moles we all got together to sing this fun song! It can be found in the CSLP 2013 Summer Reading Program Manual. The tune is quite catchy and is fun to do with a big group. It starts slow and gets faster with each verse!

One Mole Dug a Hole
Tune: One Man Went to Mow

One mole dug a hole, dug a hole to burrow.
One mole and an ant, dug a hole to burrow.

Two moles dug a hole, dug a hole to burrow.
Two moles, one mole, and an ant, dug a hole to burrow.

Three moles dug a hole, dug a hole to burrow.
Three moles, two moles, one mole, and an ant, dug a hole to burrow.

Four moles dug a hole, dug a hole to burrow.
Four moles, three moles, two moles, one mole, and an ant, dug a hole to burrow.

Five moles dug a hole, dug a hole to burrow.
Five moles, four moles, three moles, two moles, one mole, and an ant, dug a hole to burrow!

GAME

Groundhog Hole: This is a modified game of musical chairs! Cut out large circles from brown construction paper for each person in your group. When the music plays, each child must walk around the “groundhog holes”. When the music stops everyone must sit or crouch down in their hole. Continue on with the game, taking one away each time, until there is a groundhog winner! We played this with several different age groups and it was a hit 🙂

Credit: Perpetual Preschool

–Mollie

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