Saturday, December 1, 2012

An a"moose"ing art project !

The Swedish Moose.

I don't know why but writing that just made me smile.  I must be tired.  What to say about the moose of Sweden?  Hmmmm, I'm stumped.  So instead of some funny antecdote about my kids or moose (I really want to say "mooses"), I'm just going to pass along some interesting facts about this lovely animal and then show you the cute art project we made.

Moose are:
  • the largest members of the deer family
  • solitary animals unlike other members of deer family
  • also known as the Eurasian Elk
  • an adult male must eat almost 10,000 calories a day to maintain his weight - that's A LOT of grass!!
  • Sweden has the highest population per sq. mile.  Some estimate between 300,000 and 400,000!  They are so abundant that    moose safaris are popular with tourists.

Now on to our art project :) 

The Merry Moose

For the project you will need:
  • large paper - any light color you choose
  • brown construction paper
  • white & black paper or a marker for eyes, nose and mouth
  • brown paint or 2 opposite colors to make brown
  • hands (and water handy to wash hands after)
1.  Cut out a moose-shaped head from brown paper. I generally like to make mine like this.

2. Paste or draw eyes, nose and mouth.
3. Paint kids' hands brown and have them press hands to make the antlers. Or if they don't want to get their hands painted (like my son) they can use a brush to make antlers!


We usually make this project with a red nose so it's like Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, so I have them going back to each of my kids first Christmases!  It's so cute to see how much their little hands have grown!  Happy First of December from all of us (no I don't have a third kid- that's a cousin!)