Fall Ideas & Craft

Mr. Squirrel's Secret FeltSongs Story

 

This eye-catching, beautiful felt set is accompanied by a simple, easy-to-learn tune with a swinging beat. Together they illustrate Mr. Squirrel's activities throughout the fall season.
You can buy "Mr. Squirrel's Secret": on our shopping page

 

This is the puppet I used in the video clip. It is still available at amazon by different sellers.

I'm a little squirrel (sung to the tune: I'm a little teapot by Kayli Joseph )

I'm a little squirrel. I like to climb
Up on a high tree-then I come down
When I get inside, I'll eat some nuts
Watch me now as I come out. 1 . . . 2 . . . 3 . . . BOO!


Discussion

  1. "Homes": You may talk about the concept of "home" and how a tree is a home to a Squirrel as a house is a home to a person.

  2. What other animals have their home in a tree? Ask them about the homes of other animals.

  3. You may extend your discussion and ask/tell the kids about the importance of trees to us:  they give us shade and paper; we enjoy their beauty, and we can eat their fruit.

"Find the Acorn" - A squirrel's treasure hunt activity.

Activity: from Mr. Squirrel's Secret

 

How to use:
Materials: Make 20  4" x 4" size cards from construction paper. Draw an acorn on each card. You may use the templates bellow.  Hide them in the room in several locations.
Explain to the children that they are going on a squirrel's treasure hunt for acorns. Let them bring the "treasures" (paper acorns) to a "home" or "nest" somewhere in the room.
Variation: For older children, you may provide them with their classroom map that will guide them to the hidden acorns. You can use these Acorn templates:

  

Fall Craft

  Mosaic pictures made from “leaf powder” craft for fall

  1. Collect assortment of leaves and dry them gently with paper towel.  (make sure that they will be completely dry before the next step).

  2. Place two or three leaves (depending on their size of leaves you have) between two pieces of paper and put inside a book. (I use a yellow pages directory).Place heavy books on top

  3. The leaves will dry in two- three weeks but you can check after two weeks. They must be completely dry before the next step.

  4. Sort the leaves by color and place each color leaves in a separate container. (Here is a great opportunity to teach important math concepts such as sorting, grouping and counting). 

  5. Crumble the leaves in their container

  6. Make a simple outline design (mosaic style), put glue on one section at a time and sprinkle with the “leaf powder” color of your choice.

Autumn leaves place mats

 

Many teachers take their preschoolers to collect leaves in the fall. Here is a beautiful craft idea that will keep way after fall.

  1. Collect assortment of leaves and dry them gently with paper towel.  (make sure that they will be completely dry before the next step).

  1. Place two or three leaves (depending on their size of leaves you have) between two pieces of paper and put inside a book. (I use a yellow pages director).Place heavy books on top

  1. The leaves will dry in two- three weeks but you can check after two weeks. They must be completely dry before the next step.

  2. Arrange the leaves on the laminating. Laminate your design and enjoy it forever.  You can make a border with a colorful tape.

 

I used to go leaf picking with my kids when they were young it was our yearly tradition that I will cherish forever.