Squirrels-Toddlers

Books

Fiction
Acorns Everywhere by Kevin Sherry
The Busy Little Squirrel by Nancy Tafuri
Frisky Brisky Hippity Hop by Susan Lurie
I Can Run by Murray Head
Nuts to You! by Lois Ehlert
That Pup by Lindsay Barrett George

Non-Fiction
Squirrels’ Busy Year by Martin Jenkins
Squirrel’s Family Tree by Beth Ferry
Squirrels Leap, Squirrels Sleep by April Pulley Sayre

Rhymes & Fingerplays

Five Little Squirrels
Tune: 5 little ducks

1 little squirrel went out to play
Up in the branches one autumn day.
He had such enormous fun,
He called for another little squirrel to come.

2 little squirrels…
3 little squirrels…
4 little squirrels…

5 little squirrels went out to play
Up in the branches one chilly day.
They had such enormous fun,
Then all scurried home ’cause winter had come.

The Squirrel
These are the brown leaves fluttering down, flutter hands to ground
And this is the tall tree bare and brown. hold right arm up high
This is the squirrel with eyes so bright, form fist with left hand, wiggle thumb
Hunting for nuts with all his might. shade eyes with hand and pretend to look around
This is the hole where day by day, make a circle with thumb and forefinger
Nut after nut he stores away. pretend to put nuts into the hole
When winter comes with it’s cold and storm, sway hands side to side
He’ll sleep curled up all snug and warm. fold hands under cheek and pretend to sleep

Squirrel, Squirrel
Squirrel, squirrel, roll around
Squirrel, squirrel, touch the ground
Squirrel, squirrel, climb a tree
Now shake that bushy tail with me!

Songs

Walk Old Squirrel by Kathy Reid-Naiman
We walk, hop, fly, twirl around, run, chase, catch, and hug our way through the song.
Gray Squirrel by Kathy Reid-Naiman
Grey, brown, black, red
Shake your bushy tale
Pick an acorn with your toes
Wrinkle up your nose

Fall-Babies

Books

Autumn: A Pop-Up Book by David Carter
Fall Is Here! by Frankie Jones
Jump into Fall by Gareth Llewhellin
Leaves: An Autumn Pop-Up Book by Janet Lawier

Flannel Board

Bounces, Rhymes & Fingerplays

Falling Leaves
Little leaves falling down flutter fingers like falling leaves
Red and yellow, orange and brown
Whirling, twirling, round and round twirl hands in circles
Falling softly to the ground flutter fingers to floor

Music

Leaves Are Falling by Carole Stephens
During this song we wiggle our fingers in a downward motion to mimic the falling leaves and then point to our nose, toes, head, ears, and elbows.

Four Autumn Leaves

This is one of those rhymes that has probably been around forever and I have no idea who wrote it originally. I found the words for this one as I was cleaning through drawers of flannel boards that have been collected over the years. I start the rhyme with the leaves laying on top of the branches and pull them off a wave them through the air as if the wind is blowing.

Four autumn leaves in a big old tree.
One blew off, then there were three.

Three autumn leaves with nothing to do.
Another blew off, then there were two.

Two autumn leaves in the hazy sun.
One blew off, then there was one.

Being all alone wasn’t much fun.
The last one blew away, then there was one.