It is a difficult task trying to teach about fall when it is 80 degrees outside :(. Yet fall is one of my favorite times of year, so I decided to take a different approach this year. I chose to focus on animals and how their actions relate to preparing for winter. Most of my students are city kids, so I decided to start with squirrels rather than deer or bears.
I stumbled upon this cute book Nuts to You by Lois Ehlert. After reading the story the students made squirrels to put in my “speech tree.”
How many squirrels can you find?
Here is how to make your own squirrels:
Materials needed: liquid glue (think Elmer’s), construction paper (I used black, dark brown, and white), poster board or cardboard, a pencil, scissors, and feathers.
1. Create a template of squirrel parts using the pencil and poster board.
2. Cut out your template pieces.
3. Trace your template pieces onto your desired color of construction paper. You should make 1 head, 1 body, 2 arms , 2 ears, and 2 legs per squirrel. Cut all of your pieces out.
5. On your background paper glue all the pieces together to form your squirrel. Add eyes and a nose to the face. The feather will serve as the tail.
Additional add ons can include yarn whiskers, an acorn or some seeds, or googly eyes.