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Nocturnal Animals

What do owls, Luna moths, hedgehogs, and bats all have in common? They’re nocturnal! In this art box, explore these nighttime creatures and learn about what makes them so special. Design your own night forest and two owls to live there. Next, try a super fun paint splatter technique to make a sparkly night background for a Luna moth. You will also find hedgehogs featured in two pieces of this box: the recipe (yummy cookies!) and an interactive art piece that is fun to create and fun to play with! Kids complete their nighttime journey by learning about the science of chromatography and using coffee filters to make bats.

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Activities in the Nocturnal Animals Box:
Night Forest with Baby Owls
Have fun creating a sparkling night sky with the glitter paint in this project. Then, add trees to the canvas and a few owls who call the forest home. Don’t forget to stick on all the googly eyes—those are the night creatures staring back at you!

Night Forest with Baby Owls
Luna Moth with Floating Chalk
With their giant wingspan and bright coloring, Luna moths are unmistakable! In this piece, little ones will use markers, jewels, and two antennae to create their own Luna month. Plus, they will use a unique paint splatter process to create a background for their moth.

Luna Moth with Floating Chalk
Hedgehog Craft
This interactive craft creates two homes for a hedgehog: one for day and one for night! Use bleeding tissue paper to create the background. Then, create the hedgehog, complete with brown quills and a red nose! Design the perfect nest for the hedgehog and give him a log for hiding, too.

Hedgehog Craft
Chromatography Bats Science Project
With this science project, watch water travel up a coffee filter and find out what color pigments are in black and purple markers. After the filter dries, create a bat by adding a clothespin for a body and sticking on two googly eyes!

Chromatography Bats Science Project
Hedgehog Cookies Visual Recipe
When it’s time for snack, stir together this super cute and easy cookie dough and form it into little hedgehogs. The chocolate makes them even tastier!
Ingredient List
  • 1/3 cup melted butter
  • ¼ cup confectioner’s sugar
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • 2/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2/3 cups finely ground pecans
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • ½ cup 60% cocoa bittersweet chocolate baking chips
  • ¼ cup chocolate sprinkles OR pecan pieces OR colorful sprinkles
Hedgehog Cookies Visual Recipe
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