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SCAREDY SQUIRREL ACTIVITIES
Scaredy Squirrel is such a fun book for kids! The author uses humor to share the best lesson about being brave and trying new things. Have you read it yet?
In this story, Scaredy Squirrel stays up in his tree all day every day. He’s scared of bees, martians, sharks, germs, AND tarantulas! But after he accidentally knocks his emergency kit out of his tree and jumps to catch it, he realizes he’s a FLYING squirrel! That’s when Scaredy Squirrel begins to change his routine and add in some more adventure to his day.
Check out these fun Scaredy Squirrel activities that can help bring this story to life for your preschool, pre-k, or kindergarten littles!
LITERACY: WHERE’S THE SQUIRREL?
One of the goals of preschool education is helping our little ones understand positional words. These words include above, below, under, over, inside, outside, behind, etc. Knowing these words not only builds our little ones’ vocabulary and ability to follow directions, but it also sets the foundation for future math skills as well. Win win!
For this activity, students will put the squirrels where they belong on the tree mat. They can also tape the squirrels to the large tree on the wall that you’re going to make in the craft for this story! (More on that later in this post!)
MATH: COMPARING ACORN NUMBERS
Comparing numbers can be a tricky skill for our little ones to master, especially if we’re asking them to use the greater than, less than, or equal to signs. I’ve seen lots of teachers teach the alligator trick, but I’ve also read from math teachers & coaches that this isn’t best practice. So instead of the alligator, I love the way my friend Storie teaches her students to compare using this strategy.
No matter how you teach your little ones, you want them to be able to compare two numbers correctly, which is exactly what this activity practices. They will choose two acorn numbers, count out the correct number of acorns, and then use the correct sign to compare the numbers.
FINE MOTOR: EMERGENCY KIT
Before our little ones become comfortable with writing and drawing, we want to build up the muscles in their hands using a variety of activities. This Scaredy Squirrel activity asks your students to cut and paste, giving their hand-muscles a chance to work!
In the story, Scaredy Squirrel has his own emergency kit. In this activity, students will cut and paste the items into Scaredy Squirrel’s kit, and then they can draw pictures of what they’d put into their own kit! That will spark some really good conversations and creativity!
GROSS MOTOR: SQUIRREL SCHEDULE
Let’s get our kiddos up and moving! This gross motor activity combines locomotor activities with practicing the days of the week, which is going to be so much for your kiddos!
First, you’ll want to tape the days of the week cards all around the room. Then, you’ll choose a card and call out the day. Once students get to that day, they have to perform the action that’s listed on the card! So simple but so much fun!
CRAFT: TREE ON THE WALL
I mentioned this craft earlier when I was describing our Literacy Activity for this story, but here’s a picture of it! How fun will it be to create your own tree on your wall to go along with this story? You can make yours look just like Scaredy Squirrel’s tree if you want!
If you make the tree, be sure to use it for the positional words activity! That will be way more fun that just using the tree mat.
SNACK: SCAREDY SQUIRREL’S TREE
After making Scaredy Squirrel’s tree on the wall, you can also make an edible version of his tree! This delicious snack only needs three ingredients: graham crackers, kiwi, and raisins. Simple and yummy!
YOU TUBE: GREY SQUIRREL SHAKE YOUR BUSHY TAIL
I like to include a fun You Tube video for each of my book packets, and here’s one for Scaredy Squirrel that’s super cute!
READING RESPONSE: JOURNAL WRITING PAGE
Teaching our little ones to reflect on what they’ve read is a skill we want to start from the beginning. These journal writing pages allow them to draw and write a response to this story.
SCAREDY SQUIRREL PRINTABLE PACK
All of the activities in this pack can be found in our Scaredy Squirrel printable pack, which can be found in my shop here!
Do you love this story, too?! Do you have any fun activities that would be great for it? Comment below or find me on Instagram [@littleslovelearningblog] and let me know!