Teen Program: Book Hedgehogs

The 4-1-1:

When: September 19th, 5:30 – 7:00pm
Resources: Cut out and Keep: Book Hedgehogs
How many teens: 9 teens
Cost/Supplies: $15

  • Buttons; $15, 2 packs of big buttons, 1 pack of small buttons.
  • Paperback books; $0,  I  grabbed gently used discarded or donated books
  • Scissors; $0, already had
  • Paper clips, $0, already had

The run-down:

I feel silly writing this even up, because it’s so easy. If you’ve looked at the directions, it’s literally just folding each page in half and then turning the corners in. That’s all you have to do….100 or more times. It can be a bit tedious, but the socialized while they did it and they loved how cute they were. Many of my teens were able to make two or three before they left. A couple even asked to take the extra books with them to make some at home. I also had some teens get creative and gave their hedgies little accessories or even some color.

Take-away/lessons learned:

  • 90 minutes for this program was way too long. This craft would have been better at the hour range. Most of the teens had finished their first one within 30 minutes or so.

  • The size of the book does matter. If the book is too long you hedgie will be way too fat. I tried to keep all the books for the teens around 100 – 120 pages. Those seemed to make the best sized ones.

  • Be sure to have the books vary in height. The shorter books make cute “baby” hedgies.

  • If I ever do this one again, I’ll be sure to have some felt and other materials they can dress up their hedgie. Some of my teens took advantage of the extra book cover and markers that were hanging around, but it would have been interesting to see what they could have really come up with.

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