I can’t believe a whole month has gone by, and it is already book club time again! I’m so excited to share this book, we absolutely adore it. It’s called Those Darn Squirrels, by Adam Rubin.
It’s clever, funny, and heartwarming and I promise you’ll love it! You can purchase it HERE*.
In the book, Old Man Fookwire likes to paint pictures of the birds in his backyard. So for our activity, we decided to paint some birds as well! It didn’t quite go as planned. As it turns out, I’m not that artistic…
And sadly, neither is my daughter.
Unless we were drawing fish, in which case, she’s totally awesome.
Needless to say, we needed to find another approach. I decided to tackle it “Eric Carle” style, which is pretty hard to mess up. We started off by painting a bunch of pictures.
We tried to use as many colors as possible, and even played around with textures a bit.
After letting the paintings dry, we cut out a bunch of shapes that more-or-less resembled feathers 🙂
I printed out an outline of a bird (because let’s be honest, we needed all the help we could get) and glued our “feathers” to it.
Ta-da! There might be hope for us after all. I love how they turned out 🙂
Another fun option for an activity is to make your own bird feeder. Juggling With Kids shared this fun little craft and it goes oh-so-perfectly with the book!
All you do is smear peanut butter over an empty toilet paper roll, roll it in bird seed, and hang it up outside! Easy peasy,
We hung ours up in a tree in our backyard, and I can’t wait to see if any birds come to visit. Maybe our paintings will turn out better if we get to bird-watch a little more often?? (Not likely).
For a snack, you could either choose cottage cheese or salt-and-vinegar chips with cherry cola (read the book – you’ll understand why!). We chose cottage cheese… and I recommend you do the same 🙂
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