Story Time

Squirrels
Submitted by: Samantha Warhol, Northwest
Audience
• Pre-school
Books
Nuts to You! by:Lois Ehlert
A rascally squirrel has an indoor adventure in a city apartment.
One Wide Sky: a Bedtime Lullaby by:Deborah Wiles
As squirrels spend a day searching for food and having fun, they encounter all sorts of things that are great for counting.
Will and Squill by:Emma Chichester Clark
Young Will and Squill the squirrel manage to stay best friends despite a few tests to the strength of their friendship.
The Busy Little Squirrel by:Nancy Tafuri
Squirrel is too busy getting ready for winter to nibble a pumpkin with Mouse, run in the field with Dog, or otherwise play with any of the other animals. The leaves have started to fall. The air is cold. Squirrel needs to get ready for winter. He cannot nibble with the mice. He does not have time to hop with the frogs or run with the dogs. But there is one thing he can do!
The Very Best Bed by:Rebekah Raye
A squirrel with his store of seeds and nuts hunts for a cozy bed but he must search high and low for a spot that is not already occupied by other animals.
Songs
Grey Squirrel
Tune: Brother John

Grey Squirrel,Grey Squirrel
Swish your tail, Swish your tail
Wrinkle up you funny nose
Hold a nut between your toes
Grey Squirrel,Grey Squirrel
Gathering Nuts
Tune: Mulberry Bush

Here we go gathering nuts in Fall,
nuts in Fall, nuts in Fall
Here we go gathering nuts in Fall,
To save up for the winter.

Spill some assorted whole shelled nuts on the floor and have the kids act like squirrels and help you gather them up in a basket while everyone sings the songs over and over until the job is done.
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, they are our best food."
This little squirrel said,"Come climb a tree."
Five Little Squirrels
Five little squirrels with acorns to store, One to sleep and then there were four.
Four little squirrels hunting acorns in a tree, One fell down, and now there are three.
Three little squirrels wondering what to do. One got lost, and now there are two.
Two little squirrels tossing acorns for fun. One got tired, and now there is one!
One little squirrel playing in the sun. He ran away, now there are none.
Squirrel Song
Tune: She'll Be Coming Round the Mountain%2"

I'll be gathering all the acorns till they're gone. I'll be gathering all the acorns till they're gone. I'll be gathering all the acorns, gathering all the acorns, gathering all the acorns till they're gone.

And I'll put them all inside my little home. I will put them all inside my little home. I will put them all inside, put them all inside, put them all inside my little home.

And I'll eat the nuts until the winter's gone. I will eat the nuts until the winter's gone. I will eat the nuts until, eat the nuts until, eat the nuts until the winter's gone.

Then I'll do it all again caome next fall. I will do it all again come next fall. I will do it all again, do it all again, do it all again come next fall.

Craft
Squirrel Feeders

Supplies needed: Mini bagels, Big bowl of wild seed and nut mix, shortening, plastic butter knifes, string and sandwich bag.

1.Take a bagel and separate it, so you have a top and bottom, take one half and tie string through it so it can hang.
2. Next spread lots of shortening on both sides.
3. Then, put the bagel in the seed and nut mixture so it is covered then put it out and put it in the sandwich bag.
4. When you get home, take it out of the bag and hang it on a tree branch where you can watch the squirrels come and enjoy.