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Nuts about Squirrels
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It’s fall! The days are shorter and the nights are cooler. The trees are turning yellow, red, and yellow, giving a colorful salute to summer. Squirrels are scampering to gather nuts to store for the winter and Thanksgiving is just around the corner. This month your kids will go nuts for the squirrel crafts, activities, games, and resources that we’ve gathered for you.


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Healthy Facts and Tips

Talk with children about what squirrels eat, such as nuts and seeds. Ask children what kinds of nuts and seeds they like to eat. Nuts and seeds can be eaten as a snack or as part of a meal. They make tasty additions to fruit or vegetable salads, casseroles, breads or muffins, oatmeal, pilafs, and meat dishes. Nuts and seeds in general are very nutritious, providing protein and many essential vitamins, minerals, and fiber. Nuts and seeds are also high in carbohydrate and oils, so they should be eaten in small amounts.
Warning! Some children are allergic to nuts. Make sure to check for food allergies before serving nuts to children.

Five Little Squirrels Rhyme

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squirrel rhyme

What you need:

  • Rhyme Printout
squirrel pattern

What you do:

Introduce the following rhyme to children:

Five Little Squirrels

Five little squirrels sitting in a tree. (Hold up five fingers.)
The first one said, “It's getting cold for me.” (Hold up one finger.)
The second one said, “The leaves are falling to the ground.” (Hold up two fingers.)
The third one said, “Let's get busy; there are nuts to be found.” (Hold up three fingers.)
The fourth one said, “We better not wait.” (Hold up four fingers.)
The fifth one said, “Fall is really great!” (Hold up five fingers.)

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Literacy Activity: Nuts to You

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Activity 2, picture 1

What you need:

What you do:

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.

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Squirrel Chatter

squirrel book

What you need:

What you do:

Explain to your child that although animals cannot “talk,” they are very good at communicating. Talk about how different animals communicate with each other. For example, bees dance when they find nectar, chimpanzees greet each other by touching hands, and horses rub noses as a sign of affection. Ask your child to think about how squirrels might communicate ideas like “go away” or “I’m afraid.” For example, it might flick its tail to tell other squirrels to leave its food alone or might make loud chattering sounds to indicate that it’s scared. If possible, go outside with your child and observe squirrels in action.

Squirrels Collecting Nuts

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squirrel and fall games

What you need:

  • Music
  • Hula hoops

What you do:

Play some music. Have children pretend to be squirrels gathering nuts. Use hula hoops for the “squirrels” to put their “nuts” in. When the music stops, the “squirrels” go “home” (hula hoops). Take away one hoop each time the music stops so that the “squirrels” have to share “homes.”

squirrel song
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Movement Activities

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In the fall, squirrels are busy gathering and hiding nuts for the winter. Have children pretend to be squirrels gathering and hiding nuts while you sing a fun song about a little squirrel.

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