Thursday, October 2, 2008


This week I stretched my comfort zone a little further and we learned about squirrels. I have had a tenuous relationship with these rodents since one fell inches in front of my face on the way to botany lab, but they are beginning to grow on me.

We started with a little experiment to see what squirrels would eat. Our printer wasn't working, so I had to go old school and bust out the markers and ruler. We ran out of time and didn't get to test everything, but from what we saw, if it's junk food, squirrels will eat it.





We read Earl the Squirrel...

...and I made Jack a little scarf like Earl's. (Remember all this red felt? I'm still trying to use it up.)

After we read the story, Jack went looking for acorns. This was a huge hit. He spent the rest of the afternoon pretending to be a squirrel and burying his play food.

A few of the other books we read:

This one is neat because it has an extreme close up of something and then shows the whole picture on the next page. It's a fun guessing game for kids.

I finally let Jack read this again. It used to make him wild.


Edwena said...

Sounds like you had a great time, Jen. Thanks for sharing. It very funny that they liked junk food and it's interesting you even thought of trying that. I never would have.

deleise said...

Oh I wish you guys would come over! We have hundreds of squirrels! We have 2 1/2 acres of oak trees, so they are everywhere! I didn't realize they would eat all of that. We need to do a study on them. Thanks for the inspiration.