Thursday, September 22, 2011
Those Darn Squirrels! by Adam Rubin
When grumpy Old Man Fookwire builds feeders to try to keep birds--the only creatures he likes--from leaving for the winter, he finds himself in a battle with clever, crafty squirrels who want a share of the abundant food.
Micawber by John Lithgow
Micawber, a squirrel fascinated by art, leaves a museum with an art student and secretly uses her supplies to make his own paintings.
Sung to: "The Grand Old Duke of York"
Oh, the frisky little squirrel
He gathers nuts and seeds.
He hides them for the winter months
So he'll have all that he needs.
Oh, up-up-up he goes
And down-down-down he comes.
He runs around - goes up and down.
His work is never done.
For a simple craft, try turning a plain ol' paper bag into an adorable squirrel! All you need is some paper, scissors, glue, paper bag, and imagination! I free-hand cut out a tail (shown here and in the photo above), two ears, two eyes and a belly. Be creative and use whatever scrap paper you have - even news paper or store ads! If you have google eyes, add them, or draw on eyes with markers. I made the tail a bit long so it could be attached anywhere to the back of the bag, depending on how curly/flat/upright the child wanted the tail. You can also cut the sides at an angle (like making fringe) so that it looks more like hair.
One little tip: I folded in the corners of the "face" area of the bag (see photo) to give it more of a squirrel look. I secured this with tape. Have fun and let your imagination go wild (or nuts?!!).