I really love squirrels, they are so fun to watch. They are such resourceful, busy, and amusing little animals. This time of year I especially notice them (likely because the trees are all barren). This week at my home we have been learning about squirrels, besides reading some library books and observing them in nature we have been doing the following…
Chocolate squirrel play dough
For this I used my usual cooked dough recipe but added chocolate powder, here is the recipe,
combine in a pot:
- 1 cup flour
- 1/4 cup salt
- 2 tbl cream of tartar
- few tbl of cocoa powder
add to the pot, and cook over med heat
- 1 cup cold water
- 1 tbl oil
- usually a few tsp food colour but the cocoa made a nice brown colour on its own
keep stirring over med heat till a dough forms (3-5 mins), remove from the pot and knead until cool
On the table I placed our new cocoa dough and some acorns, pine cones and nut shells.
Busy Squirrel Paper Craft
I pre-cut a side profile of a squirrel and a fat S shape for the tail, and provided the kids with glue, eyes, and a nut shell. From there they glued all the parts on the correct spots.
Happy squirrel watching!!