Algeria: الصحراء الكبرى

The Sahara Desert takes up four-fifths of Algeria. So it should come as no surprise that the national animal is one that finds it’s home in the desert- the fennec fox. This adorable little fox has disproportionately large ears and overall is a small animal. They are the smallest canid or member of the dog family and they can range in size from 13.5 to 15.5 inches long with tails adding another 9 inches onto that.

Fennec Fox Ear Craft

I thought it would be fun to make our own fennec fox ears.

You will need…

  • Headband
  • Craft foam
  • Hot glue gun
  • Marker
  • Scissors

Start by sketching out how large your would like your ears to be then cut out two ear shapes of the foam. Add two notches at the bottom, about an inch deep. I then asked Martin to give the ears fur.

With the hot glue gun, glue the notches overlapped to create a bend in the ears.

Next cut out the outside corners (this will make it easier to glue to the headband), then glue the ears on to the headband.

We glued ours a little too close together but they still work 🙂

Fun Fact: You can have a fennec fox in your own house with AR! Simply open a smart phone device and google search “Fennec Fox” and you will have the option to “Meet a life-sized fennec fox up close”. We did it and it was so cool!

Desert Snake Science Experiments

There are about 95 different species of reptiles in the Sahara and quite a few of them are snakes. The deadliest snake who lives in the sand dunes is the horned viper. I am fascinated by snakes, so Martin and I set out to do some science experiments!

Snake Egg

Snake eggs are soft and pliable but you can make one with a chicken egg

You will need:

  • A chicken egg
  • vinegar
  • a container deep enough for the egg to be submerged
  • a notebook and magnifying glass

Start by having your scientist observe the chicken egg, see how it’s hard and white.

Then place it in the vinegar and let it sit for 24 hours or more.

Rinse the egg off and what will remain is a soft, pliable egg just like a snakes egg! Show it to your scientist and let them touch it and make observations. Be careful though- it is still an egg so squeeze it too hard and you will have egg yolk everywhere.

Snake Molting

Like a lot of reptiles, when snakes get bigger they molt or they loose the outer layer of skin. You can mimic the same with your own hand.

You will need:

  • craft glue
  • magnifying glass

Start by spreading a thin layer of glue on the back of your hand.

Let it dry, then peel it off.

You will see the skin cells and it will look just like you too are molting!

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