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Reindeer, Reindeer, Reindeer….


When I was a child, I always wanted to see a reindeer up close. Not sure if it was because of the snow or just because they had horns (as I used to called them). I am referring to their antlers. It wasn't until I lived in Kalispell, Montana that I was able to see some up close. I then realized that people in Montana, and probably in other states, relied on these animals for food, clothing and many other things. That’s where it all began. I was very curious and began to find out more about them.




Some facts about reindeer:

  • The male and female reindeer grow antlers.

  • These antlers fall off and regrow every year.

  • Reindeer are herbivores, they only eat plants.

  • A reindeer can live up to 15 years in the wild.

  • Like a human’s fingerprint no two reindeer antlers are exactly the same.

  • Last but not least, reindeer really do have red noses! Sometimes. (check it out here)


Let our Art project begin!


You will need the following:

  • Children (for footprint)

  • White card stock paper

  • Red pom poms

  • Black sharpie or marker

  • Glue stick

  • Brown washable tempera paint


Instructions:

  • Print child’s footprint onto the white card stock paper.

  • Let footprint dry, if you need it to dry sooner use a blow-dryer (optional)

  • When footprint is dry use the sharpie/marker to make the antlers

  • Glue on the googly eyes

  • Glue on the red pom pom for the nose



And there you have it, a reindeer! Children will enjoy this fun activity. Remember, most important of all is to have FUN and make MEMORIES that will last a lifetime!

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