Learn about squirrels and enjoy all sorts of fun printable squirrel activities, squirrel colouring pages and squirrel crafts with the kids! Great for autumn and winter topics, Squirrel Appreciation Day and squirrel fans generally!

Some Fun Facts About Squirrels

  • Squirrels are small rodents.
  • There are three major groups of squirrels: ground squirrels, tree squirrels and flying squirrels.
  • Squirrels are native to all continents except for Australasia and Antarctica.
  • Squirrels are mainly herbivores, eating nuts and seeds, but many will eat insects.
  • A squirrel's nest is called a drey.
  • Squirrels were first evolved in the Eocene about 40 million years ago!

Learn about squirrels

21st January each year is Squirrel Appreciation Day! We think that's a good excuse to learn about squirrels, explore our activities and have some squirrel-y fun with the kids!

Our Squirrel Activities

Squirrel Colouring Pages
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Squirrel Crafts
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Life Cycle of a Squirrel Teaching Resources
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Squirrel Printables
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Squirrel Worksheets
A collection of fun squirrel worksheets including word tracing sheets, acrostic poem printables,...

Squirrel on grass
You'll see plenty of squirrels out and about in the countryside and green spaces, especially in autumn when they will be gathering food for the winter.

A Squirrel Joke

What did the boy squirrel say to the girl squirrel?
I'm nuts about you!

What did the girl squirrel say to the boy squirrel?
You're nuts so bad yourself!

Squirrels In Literature

Squirrels are a favourite in picture books, but by far the most famous is Beatrix Potter's impertinent 'Squirrel Nutkin'.

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This is a Tale about a tail - a tail that belonged to a little red squirrel, and his name was Nutkin.

He had a brother called Twinkleberry, and a great many cousins: they lived in a wood at the edge of a lake.

In the middle of the lake there is an island covered with trees and nut bushes; and amongst those trees stands a hollow oak-tree, which is the house of an owl who is called Old Brown.

One autumn when the nuts were ripe, and the leaves on the hazel bushes were golden and green - Nutkin and Twinkleberry and all the other little squirrels came out of the wood, and down to the edge of the lake.

They made little rafts out of twigs, and they paddled away over the water to Owl Island to gather nuts.

Each squirrel had a little sack and a large oar, and spread out his tail for a sail. They also took with them an offering of three fat mice as a present for Old Brown, and put them down upon his door-step.

Then Twinkleberry and the other little squirrels each made a low bow, and said politely,

"Old Mr. Brown, will you favour us with permission to gather nuts upon your island?"

But Nutkin was excessively impertinent in his manners. He bobbed up and down like a little red cherry, singing,

"Riddle me, riddle me, rot-tot-tote!
A little wee man, in a red red coat!
A staff in his hand, and a stone in his throat;
If you'll tell me this riddle, I'll give you a groat."

Now this riddle is as old as the hills; Mr. Brown paid no attention whatever to Nutkin. He shut his eyes obstinately and went to sleep.

The squirrels filled their little sacks with nuts, and sailed away home in the evening.

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