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I was looking for a more traditional fall craft for this week, but when I came across this adorable felt craft for kids, I literally laughed (well, OK, giggled) out loud.
The leaves are falling and with them the acorns, nuts, and seeds, which means there are squirrels aplenty running happily around our neighborhood, stocking up for winter. Watching the squirrels busily gathering the acorns outside our school window gives me the perfect opportunity to talk to my students about how different animals prepare to get through the cold winter. I also tell them Aesop’s fable about the Grasshopper and the Ant – the ant who collects food in the autumn while his friend the grasshopper is too busy playing to prepare and then ends up with no food to last him through the winter.
This fall craft for kids is so adorable that I just had to share it. Each child gets one of the little cups from an egg carton, 1/3 of a pipe cleaner, two wiggle eyes, and some brown (or grey or black)felt. If your students are younger you’ll probably have to cut out the shapes in advance for this felt craft. Each squirrel gets a triangular head, two oval ears and a tail.
Kids can paint or color their egg cups (the body of their squirrels) in the color of their choice. I didn’t feel like getting out the paints so we used markers, which worked out fine. Have each child use a pencil to poke a small hole in one side of their egg cup. The tail will be inserted here.
The squirrel’s head is easy to make. Kids just glue the ears and eyes onto the triangles. They can also add a small pom pom nose if they like. Then they’ll just glue the head onto the front of the fall craft (opposite the tail hole). Now the pipe cleaner needs to be glue to the felt tail. Then just insert the bottom end of the pipe cleaner into the hole, bend it, and glue it in place. That’s it – your squirrel felt craft is finished!
What I love about this fall craft for kids is that it can also be made into a game. If you take three little squirrels and hide an acorn or nut underneath one of them and shuffle them around (like a street magician would). Watching and guessing will help develop students’ attention spans and thinking skills, and playing is good for their motor skills! A craft and a game – what more could you ask for?
Check out more great fall crafts for kids here!