The Fantastic Fox

Friday, December 8, 2017

Team Treehouse - The Spencer Family
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Fox Anatomy
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Fox Den Terrarium

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Gratitude Card 
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When searching for information about Red Fox anatomy, I found myself wanting more. It seems that there are just not that many kid friendly anatomy charts available with information pertaining to tracking and anatomy together. 

Originally, I was just going to do a simple exercise where your child could just cut out the template and glue on the cotton swabs, but I decided that I had to set the bar pretty high and create something that truly captured the biological make-up of the Red Fox and a bit of Bushcraft. 

I just want to say that I just adore Bushcraft and I am always underwhelmed when I search for illustrated explanations of topics that I want to explore further. Tracking is important to understanding the habits and Biology of the Red Fox and other animals. This information helps your child connect with the subject matter and explore further when they are immersed in the forest school environment.

Cotton Swab Fox Anatomy Step by Step:

Gather your materials: 
  • School Glue
  • Scissors
  • Stapler
  • Cotton Swabs (not pictured below)
  • Pencil
  • Construction Paper (Black + White)

1. It will be beneficial to staple the Cotton Swab Fox Anatomy TEMPLATE to your child's piece of black construction paper. Do not staple inside of the fox template, but in a few places around the side. Your child will now be able to cut easily around the temple. 

2. After your child has cut out the fox from the template, they will have two foxes; one will be the construction paper fox and the other will be the blank. Your child can discard the blank, or color and share with a friend. 

3. Have your child glue their construction paper fox to their lighter colored construction paper, preferably in the center. They will want to leave a bit of room to add the tags and maybe draw a neat scene after the project. 

3. Now you and your child will need to decide if they want to do the beginner version of the anatomy or the more advanced. The more advanced anatomy is higher level (ages 10+), but I think with your guidance, you can really start to teach your child a bit of proper terminology + Biology.

4. Lastly, depending on the age of your child, you might want to cut different sizes of cotton swabs, so they can just jump right into the activity and explore the skeleton. Larger parts of the swabs together make great skulls and pelvis, while the smaller sticks are great for the ribs and bones. You can also bend the whole swabs different ways to re-create the spine, tail, and neck. However your child decides to approach the activity, encourage exploration and talk with them about how the skeleton is the framework of the Fox and without it, the fox couldn't run, jump, or play, just like them. 

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1 comment

  1. This is amazing!!! Very interesting and also, what a wonderful way to learn, excellent work.


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