Thursday, November 7, 2013


Here are our books for today's Story Hour about squirrels. Nuts to You has fantastic illustrations by Lois Ehlert. The Busy Little Squirrel by Nancy Tafuri tells why Squirrel could not play and visit with his friends - because he was too busy getting ready for winter!

Our craft was a paper bag squirrel puppet, holding an acorn. There was lots of opportunity for individual expression with this craft, especially the tail. Some had square ends, some were rounded, some had bushy fringe - but all were curled up behind the squirrel!

Here's one of the fingerplays we practiced:
Four busy squirrels (hold up four fingers)
scamper all around (wiggle fingers).
One finds a nut (hold up one finger)
to bury underground (pretend to dig).
One chews an acorn (pretend to chew)
and doesn’t make a sound (hold finger in front of lips).

One goes to sleep (pretend to sleep)
high in a leafy nest (point upward).
One climbs a tree (pretend to climb tree)
that’s what it likes best (nod head).

Whoosh goes the wind (wave arms)
the leaves swirl round and round (turn around).
Four busy squirrels (hold up four fingers)
scamper through the forest ground (wiggle fingers).
See his acorn?
Getting a hand stamp from Michelle
one of our youngest patrons