Fall Activities for Kids
Fall Literacy Activity: Nuts to You
- Develop listening skills.
- Learn facts about squirrels.
- Book: Nuts to You by Lois Ehlert
Before reading Nuts to You by Lois Ehlert, ask children if they have ever seen a squirrel. Discuss with them what they know about squirrels. Make a list of children’s answers. Here are a few facts about squirrels:
- There are over 365 species of squirrels.
- Some types of squirrels are the tree squirrel, the ground squirrel, and flying squirrels.
- Squirrels are most active during the winter.
- A baby squirrel weighs about once and is about one inch long.
- An adult squirrel usually lives alone.
- Gray squirrels eat nuts, seeds, and fruit.
- Squirrels chew on tree branches to sharpen their teeth.
- A squirrel’s teeth grow continuously. Their incisors can grow as long as six inches per year, but stay short due to constant wear.
- A squirrel’s brain is about the size of a walnut.
Learn more about Squirrel
Read to children Nuts to You, a story about a city squirrel who digs in window pots overflowing with flowers and vegetables, does gymnastics to steal seeds from the birds, and begs for a treat at an apartment window. After reading the book, ask children what they now know about squirrels. Add children’s answers to the previous list.
Nutty MathHave children help you collect some acorns for these activities. If acorns are not available, provide a variety of nuts. Have children sort and classify nuts into categories: size, color, type, etc. Weigh the acorns on a balance scale. Have children create number sentences with the nuts. For example, 4 nuts plus 3 nuts equals 7 nuts or 7 nuts minus 3 nuts equals 4 nuts.