Fall Craft: Squirrels

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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.”

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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.

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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.

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Enjoy!

Hot Child in the City

Whew it was a hot one this weekend. I am not sure that California got the memo that it is October and temperatures are suppose to be heading down not up. Nevertheless, we managed to enjoy the sunshine without sweating to death.

Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival took place in Golden Gate Park this weekend. I love this festival as it is free and the music is pretty good. Don’t let the festival name deceive you, it isn’t all banjo music. The stage we were at had more funk/alternative music.  We saw Deltron 3030 (of the Gorillaz fame), Built to Spill, and Social Distortion.

On Sunday, we headed down to Santa Clara, CA for the San Francisco 49ers vs. Kansas City Chiefs game. It was expected to be an exciting game as our former quarterback (Alex Smith) now plays for the Chiefs. Our morning started with a tailgating party and some serious people watching. The excitement of the other fans was electrifying. There were grills cooking, music pumping, and footballs flying.   This was our first time going to see the 49ers in their new stadium, so we were even more excited.

Well Levi’s Stadium did not disappoint.  There were so many levels and observation decks, one could really get lost just trying to get to the bathroom. The actual game was a nail biter as the score stayed pretty close in the first half. However, the Niners pulled ahead in the last quarters and we won the game. Way to go Niners!

Now it is Monday and it is time to get back into the groove of things. I am feeling a little slow going so hopefully I perk up soon. Happy Monday.

In Between Projects

I am having a little bit of a hard time choosing my next project. There are about 15 items in my Ravelry queue, and yet I cannot choose one. In the meantime, I decided to make a quick project with my leftover Anzula Squishy and make some fingerless gloves. Not that I need them anytime soon as it is “summertime” in San Francisco. Temperatures are supposed to reach over 80 degrees, which is extremely hot for us. The good news: At least I will be ready for winter 😊

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