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The Squirrel Family -- Backyard Nature Safari
Here's a song about squirrels ... Sing to the tune of "Row, Row, Row Your Boat."
Run, run, run and jump
Quickly up the tree
Perky, perky, perky, perky
Squirrels are fun to see!
This Backyard Nature Learning Center is dedicated to Tami's friends.
Can you guess what species Tami Douglas is?
Backyard Nature Learning Center
Download the Squirrel Family worksheet for ages 6-10+ You learn about the science, the behaviors and the body parts of the wily Tree Squirrel.
Download the Squirrel Field Guide worksheet for ages 5-10+ and take this sheet out to the backyard, park or neighborhood to observe squirrels.
Download the Tree Squirrel coloring sheet and write a little story to go with your artwork.
- Take your worksheet out into the squirrel's habitat and observe it's behavior.
- Draw the squirrel and identify it's key features: tail, teeth, eyes, ears, and nose. Don't forget the whiskers!
- Take some food with you and place it in hard to find spots. Watch the squirrel solve the problem! How long does it take for the squirrel to get the food?
- Count the population of squirrels in your neighborhood.
- Observe how the squirrel uses its tail to communicate with other squirrels.
- Write a story about your favorite squirrel. What challenges does it figure out? What dangers does it face? How does it solve its problems?
- Make up a joke about squirrels and send it to us: firstname.lastname@example.org
For more articles about INSECTS
Lady Bug Invasion
Moths and Nightlights
Bees in the City
Insects are busy little critters
Earth's Most Successful Life Form
Keeping ants in nature