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Squirrels Preschool and Kindergarten Activities and Lessons

Squirrels craft and activities for preschool and kindergarten

Squirrels, Acorns, and Fall. Discover and experience nature and squirrels in fall or autumn. Hand out a paper lunch bag for each child and take children on a walk to collect a variety of leaves, acorns, and pinecones. Talk about the color, sizes, and shapes of the collected items. Provide boxes for children to sort their treasures. Use the acorn and pinecones to play some games. Explain that squirrels are scampering to gather nuts, acorns, and pinecones to store for the winter. This month your kids will go nuts for the squirrel crafts, activities, lessons, games, and resources that we've gathered for you. Warning! Some children are allergic to nuts. Make sure to check for food allergies before serving nuts to children. 

Samples of our over 50 preschool and kindergarten squirrels crafts, activities, and games available in our KidsSoup Resource Library:

Themes and Projects

 
Forest Animals Lesson Ideas

Crafts

 
Fall Tree
 
Squirrel Headband
 
Squirrel Puppets

Activities and Lessons

 
5 Little Squirrels Felt Story
 
Calendar Numbers November
 
Literacy Activity: Nuts to You

Math

 
Squirrel Number Line
 
Acorn Math Games
 
Squirrel and Nuts Math

Games

 
Collect Acorns Math Game
 
Feed the Squirrels Folder Game
 
Brown, Color the Numbers Game

Movement

 
Fall Leaves Small World Play Area

Booklets and Other

 
Forest Books, Rhymes, and Songs
 
5 Little Squirrels Booklet b/w

Worksheets

 
Help the squirrel hide the acorn
 
Squirrel in Nest Coloring
 
Squirrel Coloring

In The Classroom

 
Acorn Math Games
New preschool and kindergarten squirrels and acorns activities we are adding this fall to our KidsSoup Resource Library:
Talk about squirrels and where squirrels live. Go outside to looks for squirrels and observe these fun animals around your neighborhood. Provide children with a small paper bag and take them outside to collect some things they find in the yard or even better take them to a woody area. Let children collect pinecones, acorns, leaves, and small twigs. Use the special things he or she collected for a variety of math activities. Caution: Acorns could be a choking hazard for young children. If you have children under the age of three, you might want to use paper acorns instead of real ones for some of the activities listed here.
 
Fall science acorn activity and lesson
Preschool Activities: 
 
Busy Squirrel

The busy squirrel scampers around.
Gathering nuts that fall to the ground.
Hiding them in secret places.
Covering them over, away she races.
The busy squirrel seems to know.
Winter's winds soon will blow.

Acorn Activities and Games
Acorns are seeds from the oak tree and they are plentiful to find in many areas during the fall. Acorns are great to play and learn with.
 
Use our acorn activitites cards to guide children through the following activities:
 
Acorn activities cards for preschool and kindergarten
Preschool Activities: 
 
Acorn Science
Together with your children, look at an acorn together. Point out the different parts of an acorn (stalk, cupule, nut). Find a partially opened acorn and crack it open the rest of the way to study the inside. 
 
Sorting and Counting Activity
Let children sort and count the items in 
their collection.
 
Fall and squirrel language and sorting activity
Preschool Activities: 
 
Science Activity
Let children use a magnifying glass to look closely at the different kinds of things they found. Can they find any bite marks?
 
Squirrels and fall science activity
Preschool Activities: 
 
Language Activity
Let children describe the different items. Use language concepts such as same and different, big and little, brown and green, smooth and rough, etc.
 
Fall and squirrel language and math activities for preschool and kindergarten
Preschool Activities: 
 
Pattern Activity
Let children make patterns. For example: have children make a row of their items using a acorns, then one pinecone, etc. Then let them create some more complicated patterns, such as two accorns, one leaf, two acorns, etc.
 
Acorns and fall items pattern activity
Preschool Activities: 
 
Estimating:
How many acorns, twigs, etc., can we hold in one hand? Let children estimate how many items they will be able to hold in their hand. Then, let them grab a handful of the same items and count them. For older children, let them write down their numbers. 
 
Acorn estimating - fall math activity for preschool and kindergarten
Preschool Activities: 
 
Fall items Exploration and Art
Let children use the different fall items to create artworks.
 
Fall nature items artwork activity for preschool
Preschool Activities: 

Free Squirrel Counting Activity and Game

Print the Crazy for Nuts game mat printable and laminate for extra strength. Place acorns or nuts inside a small basket or container. Let children roll a die and count and place the matching number of acorns on the Crazy for Nuts game mat. Let children count the acorns after each roll. The player that first covers all the acorn outlines on his/her Crazy for Nuts game mat wins the game.

Squirrel counting acorns game preschool and kindergarten
Preschool Activities: 

Squirrels Rhymes and Songs

Gray Squirrel, Gray Squirrel

Gray squirrel, gray squirrel
Shake your bushy tail. (Pretend to shake tail.)
Gray squirrel, gray squirrel
Shake your bushy tail, (Pretend to shake tail.)
Wrinkle up your funny nose, (Wrinkle nose.)
And put a nut between your toes. (Pretend to eat a nut.)
Gray squirrel, gray squirrel
Shake your bushy tail. (Pretend to shake tail.)

Squirrels Finger Rhyme

Wisky, frisky, (Move finger side to side.)
Hippity hop, (Move finger up and down as hopping.)
Up he climbs (Raise finger high in the air and wiggle.)
To the tree top.

Whirly, twirly, (Move finger in small circles.)
Round and round,
Down he scampers (Lower finger, wiggling back and forth.)
To the ground.

Furly, curly, (Move arm in circles, getting larger.)
What a tail! Tall as a feather, (Extend arm in the air.)
Broad as a sail! (Wave arm back and forth)
Wheres his supper? (Lower arm and shade eyes.)
In a shell (
Hold palm up and curl fingers into a fist.)
Snappity, crackity, (
Open hand, palm up.)
Out it fell!

Squirrels Game and Movement

Place a hula hoop or a piece of brown or green fabric napkin for each child on the floor. Place lots of acorns or nuts all around the room. Let children pretend to be squirrels gathering as many acorns as they can carry. When the music stops, the squirrels go “home” to their trees (hula hoops). Ask children to place their acorns in their home. How many accorns did they gather? Ask each child to count them and tell you the number. Continue until no more acorns are left. 

Scampering Squirrels
Print acorn shapes or cut acorn shapes out of heavy construction paper. The game is played like musical chairs. Let children pretend to be squirrels looking for acorns. When the music stops, children must get on an acorn. For smaller children, make sure there is at least an acorn for each child but not too many extra. Encourage children to help each other find an acorn. 

 

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