Today we had all kinds of squirrely fun! First of all, we took the idea from MacBeth’s Grey Squirrel Project and had an acorn hunt in the backyard. I printed off a bunch of acorns, because we didn’t have any real ones. We also wrote the kids initals on the acorns. We gave each little “squirrel” a pile of acorns and told them to pretend they were squirrels and were going to quickly hide all their acorns to save them up for winter.
Hiding their acorns…
Next, the little squirrels came back to their “holes” and hibernated for the winter.
However, after a few weeks they grew very hungry and woke up to go find a few acorns to munch on. We noted that squirrels don’t have the best memory – they just find whatever acorns they can find – it doesn’t matter if they are the ones that hid them or not. So, some of the little squirrels found acorns with all different letters on them – acorns that were hidden by other squirrels. But, that’s ok because the squirrels probably forgot where they hid them anyway.
After we got done with our acorn hunting, we went inside for a reenactment of Earl the Squirrel. We had 3 main actors in this play and they played the parts of Earl, Earl’s mommy and Conrad the bull. Aunt Valerie read the story while the kids acted out the storyline.
Earl the Squirrel in his (her) scarlet scarff!
Conrad the bull – sleeping under the tree
Conrad the bull seeing the red scarf.
The three actors in the play
And finally, we had a nut taste test! We had several different kinds of nuts for the kids to taste: almonds, cashews, peanuts, hazlenuts, pecans and brazil nuts. All the older kids actually tried all of the nuts! Then, we had them tell us which was their favorite. We also made a few phone calls asking daddies, grandmas and friends what their favorite nuts were. We colored a graph showing the favorite kinds of nuts.
Of course, cashews won as the most-liked nut!
We are having a good time with our squirrel unit!