DLTK's Crafts for Kids
Leaf Squirrel Paper Craft

Leaf squirrel paper craftContributed by Leanne Guenther
 

This cute little squirrel has a crafty tail made from leaves.  You can use real leaves that you collect at any time of year or you can use the paper template leaves that I've provided.

The photo here shows an example made with real autumn leaves from our cotoneaster bushes and weeping birch tree.  Bushes can be a great source of leaves as they tend to have more colorful leaves and they're a little smaller so you can have fun being creative -- our poplar tree leaves are so big that one or two would cover the whole page!

My favorite time to make this craft is during the autumn as the squirrels are so busy in the yard.  Unlike many mammals in cold climates, squirrels don't hibernate (sleep) or migrate (move someplace warmer) during the winter.  They do eat like crazy in the autumn to fatten themselves up -- this layer of fat helps keep them warm through the cold winter and helps make sure they don't starve when it's hard to find food in the snow.

Materials:

Instructions for making the squirrel craft:

Templates:


Leaves Template    (color)  or    (B&W)


Squirrel and Acorn Template  (color)   or   (B&W)

Squirrel and Apple Template  (color)   or   (B&W)


Squirrel and Acorn with guidelines  (color)   or   (B&W)

Squirrel and Apple with guidelines  (color)   or   (B&W)


 

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autumn poetry
A Child's Calendar - November
 poem by John Updike