Squirrels!

The Plan

Books

squirrels

Acorns Everywhere by Kevin Sherry
Ol’ Mama Squirrel by David Ezra Stein
That Pup by Lindsay Barrett George
Who’s In the Forest? by Phillis Gershator

Extension Activities

Flannelboard: “Ouch”

Action Song: “Grey Squirrel” (Tune: Brother John)
Grey Squirrel, Grey Squirrel
Swish your tail, Swish your tail
Wrinkle up your funny nose
Hold a nut between your toes
Grey Squirrel, Grey Squirrel
Credit: Family! (Thanks, Bri!)

Fingerplay: “This Little Squirrel”
This little squirrel said, “Let’s run and play!”
This little squirrel said, “Let’s hunt nuts today!”
This little squirrel said, “Yes, nuts are good.”
This little squirrel said, “Yes, my favorite food.”
This little squirrel said, “Come climb this tree.” (run fingers up other arm, quickly)
And crack these nuts: one, two, three! (clap hands three times)
Credit: Sunflower Storytime

Fingerplay: “Two Little Squirrels”
Two little squirrels sitting on a hill
One named Jack, the other named Jill
Run away Jack, run away Jill
Come back Jack, come back Jill
(Cloud/quiet & loud; Pole/fast & slow; Sky/Low & High)
Credit: Modified from Childhood

Craft

I got this idea from a Pinterest pin that eventually led me back to La-La’s Home Daycare. The kids enjoyed ripping their paper apart, but I definitely had more than one who froze when I said it was all right to rip the paper.

How It Went

Thursday morning
I had a fantastic group of interactive parents this morning. They kept repeating words and sounds to their little ones as I turned the page and the kids loved it — especially during “Ol’ Mama Squirrel!”

Friday morning
This group really responded to the “Two Little Squirrels” rhyme. They had a lot of fun with the opposites! Their favorite book was “That Pup” since it was a search-and-find, kind of.

2 comments on “Squirrels!

  1. writenote1
    November 25, 2013 at 7:07 pm #

    This is a great site – I have been running a storytime for the past two years (about to fold, sadly) and I’ve only just stumbled upon it. It’s clear that you get a lot of enjoyment from these sessions.

  2. Colleen
    December 10, 2013 at 9:51 am #

    I LOVE the alphabet puzzle ideas I found on Pinterest. They were letter puzzles with the beginning sounds. Have you created one for each letter yet?

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