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« on: May 05, 2008 09:10:13 PM »

Hi everyone,

Sorry, it's not polymer clay, but I wasn't sure where else to put this.

I do science outreach activities with elementary school kids, and I'm doing a visit to talk about 'small animals'. We're going to learn about hedgehogs! And what better way to learn, than to a) meet a hedgehog, and b) make one to take home!

The dough is regular old salt dough (cheaper than play doh!), coloured with varying amounts of hot chocolate. The quills are just broken up spaghetti!

« Reply #1 on: May 05, 2008 09:21:19 PM »

My sister and I made salt dough hedgehogs around easter last year for my mom's friend.
Both my mom and her friend are from Germany, and hedgehogs are one of many symbols for luck.
This is how ours turned out.

We used cuticle scissors to make the needles and whole cloves for the nose and eyes. :]
« Reply #2 on: May 05, 2008 09:22:26 PM »

Those are soooooooo cute!  Is it ok if I share this idea with the teachers in my life and my little ones?  you rock for thinking of this!

Why do some people think being a parent is only something to do when it is convenient for you?
« Reply #3 on: May 05, 2008 09:26:09 PM »

Yes, please pass it along!

_themidge, I like your clovey hedgehogs!
« Reply #4 on: May 05, 2008 09:27:28 PM »

_themidge, I like your clovey hedgehogs!
They smelled lovely!
Now all I can smell is the salt. Tongue
I miss the strong, intoxicating clove aroma.  Cry
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« Reply #5 on: May 05, 2008 09:39:00 PM »

Aw, your post made me all teary-eyed.  I used to have a little hedgie...his name was Velcro.  I miss that kiddo!  I think I'm going to use your post as inspiration to make a salt-dough hedgehog in Vel's memory.

In less depressing commentary, great idea to use foodstuffs to make these hedgehogs interesting.  I bet the hot chocolate makes them smell yummy!  I remember making dough that was colored with cinnamon when I was younger.  I think it had applesauce in it, too, but I might be making that up.  Anyhow, great job!!
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« Reply #6 on: May 05, 2008 09:46:18 PM »

I do a youth program at an elementary school as well and would like to make these. can you post the recipie and instructions? do you bake them in the oven?

« Reply #7 on: May 05, 2008 09:50:41 PM »

Salt dough (I just googled 'salt dough' for the recipe, so you might want to try that too and see if there are any variants):
2 cups flour
1/2 cup salt
2/3 cup water
Food colouring, hot chocolate, cinnamon, etc., for colouring the dough.

Add the flour, salt and colouring items to a bowl and mix together. Add the water and knead. If the dough is too sticky, add flour, and if it's too dry, add water! Easy!

If you use googly eyes, let them air dry. Otherwise, you can bake at low temperatures in the oven.

To make hedgehogs: grab a piece of dough, roll into a ball and pull out a face (or add a nose of different colour). Pinch carefully to make ears. Add bits of broken up spaghetti and googly eyes. You're done!
« Reply #8 on: May 05, 2008 10:13:31 PM »

sooooo cute. I want a hedgehog so bad, but they aren't legal in California.  Angry Great job...I've never heard of using cinnamon as coloring.

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« Reply #9 on: May 07, 2008 12:37:38 PM »

Really great hedgehogs!  Especially like the chocolate face on the left one, but cool prickliness too (so good it seems there's no good way to pick them up...lol).

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