Who’s the most special reindeer of all? Why, Rudolph of course! You’ll be reminded just how special Rudolph is when you discover how easy it is to add this reindeer-related activity to your lesson plans. All you need are large sheets of drawing paper, brown paper strips, scissors, glue, and crayons or markers. The activity makes a fun art center for all ages. After the artwork is complete, have capable kiddos measure to determine the length of each antler when its sections are placed end-to-end and then identify which antler is the longer.
So what’s the “more?” How about a few antler facts for students to consider?
- Reindeer antlers are actually bones that grow out of a reindeer’s head.
- Reindeer antlers fall off and grow back each year.
- When antlers are growing, they are covered in a fuzzy layer of skin and fur called velvet.
- The velvet covering is extra sensitive to the touch because it is filled with nerves, blood, and nutrients that help build the bone it covers.
- It takes about three months for a new set of antlers to become full grown. When this happens, the blood stops flowing and the velvet cracks and begins to peel off. A shiny new set of bony branches are revealed!
- Reindeer are unique in that both males and females grow antlers.
- Male reindeer shed their antlers during winter or spring.
- Female reindeer usually keep their antlers until summer.
Polish up those antlers, Rudolph—and that nose!