Scaredy Squirrel: A Fabulous Fall Picture Book Feature!



Regardless if you're a squirrel fan or not, the Scaredy Squirrel books by Melanie Watt are sure to keep you and your young reader chuckling page after page!


Scones, gnomes, squirrel sculptures and more fun ideas await further down on this post to go along with Scaredy and his adventures!



When I was a kid, I rarely saw squirrels. I actually did grow up in the country next to a creek with a waterfall and with a wooded area behind our house. Plenty of chipmunks along with all other sorts of creatures were around, but I never saw that many squirrels!


One of the many, many squirrels in the city!

Well, when I started college only about a half hour away in a small city, the thing that surprised me the most was how many squirrels there were! They were everywhere on the campus!


A squirrel just enjoying his bagel in Washington, D.C.!

Scampering here and there, looking for morsels, doing their circus acts on wires and trees, they never ceased to amuse me!


Scaredy Squirrel is very comfortable in his surroundings and with his daily routine. Let me rephrase that, change terrifies him!

So, he has created a daily routine that keeps him safe from things like killer bees, sharks and aliens ...all of which are hilariously illustrated!


Scaredy Squirrel is kind of like an animal version of the TV character, Monk! He's germophobic, paranoid, and really, really detail oriented!


But, this life has left him feeling like he's missing out!

So, Scaredy contemplates taking a risk and in the process learns something extraordinary about himself!!




This super fun and funny picture book is a delightful choice for the younger set with not only some great inspiration for fun follow-up activities, but also more Scaredy Squirrel stories!


Once you've finished this one, you and your young reader will want to read the other Scaredy Squirrel books!


Scaredy Squirrel Makes a Friend is sooo cute! Loved it!



Grab a bag of marshmallows and settle in for Scaredy Squirrel Goes Camping!


Funny as always, Scaredy Squirrel Prepares for Halloween is the perfect guide which includes some good advice for your Trick-or-Treater!


Facing nighttime fears is something many children face and Scaredy Squirrel at Night is a perfect book to help young folks deal with this.


When his DIY 'beach' doesn't quite provide the true beach experience, our favorite squirrel manages to overcome yet another one of his endless fears! Scaredy Squirrel at the Beach is another winner by Melanie Watt which has fun storytelling and fabulous illustrations!


Scaredy Squirrel Prepares for Christmas is chock full of advice for anything and everything dealing with the Christmas season! From decorations to sweets to gifts, our favorite nervous squirrel has a guide to keep you fears at bay during the Christmas holiday!


Scaredy Squirrel Has a Birthday Party! Our favorite squirrel decides to plan his own birthday surprise party! Read it to see what happens!



Now, one of the reasons I loved the Scaredy Squirrel books so much is because there were so many fun activities to do that go along with the stories!


The Fun Extras!


Do Some Squirrel Watching!

Much like bird-watching, squirrel watching can be done in a park, out hiking or, if you're lucky, right outside your window!


Binoculars give you a closer look and taking pictures is a fun way to document the experience!




Make an Emergency Kit!

Never leave home without it!

Scaredy Squirrel was prepared for any contingency! Aliens, sharks and germs were some of the outside elements he wanted to be prepared to deal with!

Be like Scaredy and put together a kit of some essentials so you have what you need in case of an emergency!

Make a list with your squirrel fan to see what items should be included in their "Emergency Kit."

Depending on where the kit will be used will help you decide what items you want to include.



Emergency Kit Items -these are just suggestions; feel free to modify as needed!

  • Zip Bag or Small Container to hold emergency items

  • Band Aids

  • Tissues

  • Ginger chews (queasy stomach/car rides)

  • Cough drops

  • Lip Balm

  • Golf pencil/paper/small notepad

  • Anti bacterial/alcohol wipes

  • compass

  • small snack (crackers, cereal, or other small nibbles in case hunger strikes!)

This Emergency kit is a handy addition to a school backpack, the car, dance or gym bag or handbag!


Scrumptious 'Squirrel' Scones Recipe!

Yes, this is what I call them!


Cocoa versions of my 'Squirrel Scones' are scrumptious morning favorites!

This wonderful recipe is easy to adapt to your taste and ingredient availability! These are scooped rather than cut, so that makes them a little easier and quicker to make!


I've been making them for years and they've never let me down! Simple ingredients enhanced by whatever you can dig up in your cabinets or freezer (hence, the squirrel connection!) make these both delicious and spontaneous!


Prep Time: 10 Minutes

Total Time: 25- 30 Minutes

Servings: 12 Scones

Equipment Needed: Mixing bowl, sheet pan, food scoop & parchment preferred


Special Note: I always mix these by hand. It gives the proper shape and texture


* Preheat oven to 375 degrees


Ingredients:


Dry Ingredients

1/4 cup brown sugar (any sugar will do!)


1 1/2 cups flour


1/2 cup oats


1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder


1/2 teaspoon baking soda


1/4 teaspoon salt


2 + Heaping Tablespoons Cocoa (optional-leave out if you want the basic flavor to shine through!)


Wet Ingredients

1/2 cup melted butter or oil of choice


1/2 cup milk of choice (we use almond milk with good results!)


3 Tablespoons maple syrup (it works fine without, but it adds a nice flavor and helps hold things together!


The Extra Add Ins - 1 cup of Whatever you Like or Find!

1/2 cup of chopped walnuts (or any nut, seed, etc.!)

1/2 cup chocolate chips (or frozen blueberries, chopped apple, leftover Halloween candy...you get my drift!)


Directions:

  1. Put a sheet of parchment on baking pan/cookie sheet-enough to cover. If not parchment, oil the pan or your scones will bake too fast and be hard to remove!

  2. Mix dry ingredients together in large bowl.

  3. Mix wet ingredients together.

  4. Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients and mix together by hand until just incorporated.

  5. Fold in the Extras until evenly mixed in.

  6. Drop by 1/4 cup scoopfuls on baking sheet. A food disher/scoop is great for this!

  7. Bake in a preheated 375 degree oven for 17 minutes. Check at 15 minutes in case your oven is in that enthusiastic overheating mode! The scones may take as long as 20 minutes.

  8. Your scones are done when they look a little dry and craggy like a well baked cookie. If you like a more crumbly scone, let it ride another minute or so, but watch carefully! You're living on the edge (unlike Scaredy!) and you really don't want a burnt scone! Nope! Nobody wants that!

These freeze very well and are a great portable snack!


Pine Cone Squirrel Sculptures!

We made these squirrel sculptures back around the time when we first bumped into Scaredy and they've been hanging out in our house ever since!


This craft is best worked on as parent & child duo.

Supplies:

Pine cones

Acorns

Pom poms (white, tan, brown or black)- one for the head

Chenille sticks straight (tan, brown or black) -ears & arms

Pudgy chenille sticks in tan, brown, white or black - for the tail

Googly Eyes

Tacky Glue or Hot Glue will work. Hot glue is faster, but tacky glue has good staying power.

Steps:

Here's how we did it, but feel free to change the order if needed.

  1. Glue googly eyes on pom pom head; let dry

  2. Cut small pieces of chenille sticks for ears, arms and feet.

  3. Bend the pieces for the ears and feet into 'v' shapes and slightly curve the arm pieces.

  4. Glue arms to pine cone.

  5. Glue tail to back of pine cone (shape tail before gluing)

  6. Glue ears to head - if the googly eyes have not yet dried, go eat one of those delicious scones from the recipe above and return in a few minutes.

  7. Glue head to pine cone.

  8. Glue acorn to pine cone--as if the squirrel is holding it. Hot glue gets the job done quickly, but you might want to reinforce with tacky glue for the long haul!

Proudly Display and Enjoy your Squirrel Sculpture!



Mini Acorn Cookies!

Yum! Now these are pretty simple (I love simple!) and I would have put a picture of our creations here, but I ate all of the chocolate kisses! Sigh!

So, if you want to see a pic, check the link below!


Also, if you need a peanut-free version, you can use any mini round cookie that has the suitable ingredients like Mini Vanilla wafers or even crackers if you like a sweet & salty combo!

https://www.thriftyfun.com/Making-Acorn-Cookies.html


Acorn Cap Gnomes!!!!

Gnomes appear in the Scaredy Squirrel Goes to the Beach book. A super funny book that began my appreciation and interest in gnomes.


Our first gnome enjoys the view outside the house in our fairy garden.

I love gnomes!! We had to make these! Here are a couple of pics of our creations!


Our gnome contemplating the future.

A neighbor gnome gazes out across the fairy garden...


I love a happy gnome ending!

As you can see, one has the traditional gnome look and one is a little more fashionable! My daughter always likes to add faces and stylize hers! See the pillbox hat?


Have fun and change it up! Here are the basic supplies and steps:

http://thinkcrafts.com/blog/2018/11/08/acorn-gnomes/



Visit Scaredy Squirrel's website!

Super fun extras await! http://www.scaredysquirrel.com/


Enjoy!

April








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