Prickly Porcupine - Simple Art Project for Preschoolers

Preschool Craft - Prickly Porcupine
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If you're looking for a simple art project to complete with your preschoolers that's a little outside the box, check out this super cute Prickly Porcupine created by Trish over at Preschool Playbook! It's not very often that we come across a porcupine idea, so we had to share! And we love the creativity in painting the quills with forks. So unique!

Prickly Porcupine


White construction paper (9" x 12")



Tempera paint in assorted colors

Paint plates

Provide each of your kiddos with a piece of 9" x 12" construction paper (white or manila would work) and have them draw a large oval.

Step 1 - Prickly Porcupine Craft
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Next, add a triangle to the bottom left side of the oval to create the porcupine's head, adding an eye, nose and mouth with marker.

Step 2 - Prickly Porcupine Craft
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Select several different colors of tempera paint and put a small amount onto a plate (one color per plate). Have students use forks to add 'quills' to the porcupine until he's completely filled in.

Step 3 - Prickly Porcupine Craft
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A few helpful painting tips:

  • Don't use too much paint - quills will start to look more like globs.
  • Rock the fork back and forth to get longer quills.

If you love this creative art project idea and are looking for additional preschool resources, be sure to head over to Preschool Playbook!