You’ll find it hard to resist the collective cuteness of these adorable squirrel crafts for kids! Make them with paper, felt, play doh or even an old glove!
Squirrels are undoubtedly cute, but they are just as pesky to catch! And I don’t mean physically catch with your hands, even trying to spot them is a task with all that scurrying up and down!
If you’re wondering why we’re talking about squirrels on this fine morning in January, it’s because 21st January is Squirrel Appreciation Day. Yes, we have a special day to appreciate and celebrate these cute furry woodland friends of ours, that seem to be forever running around for nuts.
So let’s have some fun with squirrels – or rather, squirrel crafts to make with kids. Turns out that you can make squirrels from anything – from play dough to felt; from paper to old gloves!
10 Absolutely Adorable Squirrel Crafts for Kids
Now just how cute is this little squirrel from The Pinterested Parent? With that lush big tail and that little face, this is a squirrel that’s absolutely irresistible!
One of the most fun parts of observing squirrels is watching them scamper up and down a tree looking for nuts. This craft from the Joy of Sharing captures this perfectly with some magnets and a paper plate! Kids are sure to have a lot of fun with this one!
‘Nuts to You’ by Lois Ehlert is an adorable book celebrating the bond between kids and animals – in this case a curious little squirrel! Buggy and Buddy have a simple but sweet craft based on the book’s cover, complete with nut shells!
Want to turn into an adorable squirrel yourself? Look no further than this squirrel paper crown template that’s super easy to make! Just get the template, download and print – and you’re all set to go running after nuts!
Found a nice big acorn? Good – now you’re ready to make this play dough squirrel from Krokotak! The site features detailed instructions to create the squirrel’s different parts and once you fix on some googly eyes, you get a cute little pet!
I love making crafts out of things we find in nature, and Ko-Ko-Ko Kids has done it beautifully with this squirrel made from fall leaves! Of course you can use any kind of leaves that you can put together to create a little squirrely shape!
It might sound difficult to make a 3D model of a squirrel only out of paper, but Origami Time makes it possible – with Origami! Check out the full video tutorial on how to make some realistic looking squirrels to play with.
This woodland glove squirrel from Bubba West is perfect for small world play, considering he can stand on his own! This little guy is also quite detailed, with ears, nose and of course, that little scarf!
Have you read the Scaredy Squirrel books? If not, be sure to check them out and when you do, go ahead and try out this fun craft from Celeb Baby Laundry! The squirrel is made out of paper plate and looks so much like the cover of the book!
If you’ve got old paper lying around, put it to good use by making some cute squirrels as shown in Monstamoons! They offer a free template, and with glue and scissors, you’re pretty much set to make this fun craft!
Now you know we weren’t joking when we said you could make squirrels out of anything! Before we go, here are some fun facts about squirrels:
- About 25% of the food a squirrel hides is stolen. Maybe that’s why they’re working extra hard.
- Squirrels plant trees. Seriously! They don’t retrieve all their buried nuts, which end up growing into full trees.
- They use their bushy tails as a parachute when falling, so they can fall from 30 meters without getting hurt.
- Squirrels can see behind them, thanks to the way their eyes are positioned.
And here’s one last amazing bit of trivia: remember the squirrel scene in the movie ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’? Turns out they are all real squirrels, who were trained by an animal trainer!