Preschool Blog

Gray Squirrel

One of our favorite things to do is take our dogs for their evening walk.  While walking, Olivia likes to explore and makes sure to point out every squirrel that we see.  Last night during our walk, Olivia asked if we could make a squirrel at school the next day.  I love that she enjoys our school time, and of course said yes!
When I was in preschool we learned a song about squirrels, and for some reason, it has stuck in my head all these years.  Olivia seemed to like it, too.  I even heard her singing it later in the day, while doing the dance that we made up to go with it!  It goes:

Gray squirrel, gray squirrel swish your bushy tail.
Gray squirrel, gray squirrel swish your bushy tail.
Wrinkle up your little nose.
  Hold a nut between your toes.
Gray squirrel, gray squirrel swish your bushy tail.

I know that squirrels are often seen as a fall thing, although I’m not sure why.  We have plenty of squirrels running around our yard right now!  Even though squirrels are a year round thing, and we’re making them in the summer, I’m going to tag this craft as a “fall craft.”

img_4486Here are the materials that we used to make our squirrels:

  • white cardstock
  • pencil
  • gray crayon
  • black and white paint (you could also use gray)
  • pom pom
  • paper plate
  • craft stick
  • clothespin
  • black Sharpee marker
  • scissors
  • gluestick
  • img_5106construction paper

First, I used the pencil to draw a side profile of a squirrel (You could also look up squirrel coloring pages and find one that shows the squirrels bushy tail).  Next, I had Olivia color the body of the squirrel with gray crayon.  Another thing I never understood – whenever you see squirrel crafts, the squirrels are brown.  The squirrels around our house are definitely gray – not brown, so that is what we used.  After she finished coloring we talked about ways that we could make gray, since we didn’t have gray paint.  I showed her a picture of something gray and asked her what color it was similar to, and she said black.  I told her that if we added white paint to the black paint it would turn gray.  We put a little of each onto the paper plate, and mixed it with the craft stick.  Olivia’s face lit up as she watched the paint get lighter and lighter.  Once we were happy with the color, we attached the pom pom to the clothespin and used it as a paint brush and made dot motions to make the bushy tail.  After the paint dried, I traced the outline of the squirrel with the Sharpee maker, and cut it out.  Finally Olivia chose a color of construction paper, and glued the squirrel onto it.

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