Last updated on September 5th, 2023 at 05:33 pm

squirrel craft for preschool printable

Make your very own fall animal with our 1-page squirrel template. A great and easy activity for preschool and kindergarten students. Celebrate the autumn season with this adorable animal. Simply color, cut and paste the animal parts together to make your very own squirrel.  

Make the squirrel gray, red or even pink! Get creative with this easy animal craft.

Ideas to use the squirrel craft

Here are a few ways you can use our awesome squirrel template.

Use as a classroom fall activity

Did you know the squirrel is actually associated with the fall season? In September and October acorns drop from the trees and squirrels start gathering for the winter months. Our squirrel printable is the perfect kindergarten or preschool craft celebrating the beautiful fall season.

Print out the squirrel template and get to work decorating your fall animal. 

Use as a squirrel coloring page

Not only can you color the black & white version of our squirrel template. But, our printable squirrel comes with a free squirrel coloring page! That’s right, bonus! 

Maybe your students just want something to color? Or maybe there just isn’t enough time to color, cut and paste?  Use the squirrel coloring page for an even easier activity to keep those little ones busy and having fun.

free squirrel coloring page

Use the squirrel template to practice with scissors

There are a few parts to cut out in this squirrel craft. This is a perfect preschool craft to practice with scissors. Practice with straight lines and curves with this craft.

Tip: I suggest cutting out the parts in bigger pieces and then take those pieces and attempt to cut along the lines. Cutting the parts out in bigger pieces at first will allow you to grab hold of the parts, making cutting along the lines an easier task.

Laminate the squirrel craft

Before we begin the craft, I just want to recommend laminating this little guy! I recommend laminating all of our build animal crafts. Why? They turn into forever toys when you laminate. Laminating takes literally 2 minutes. After you cut the pieces out (like you normally would), use velcro dots to connect the pieces together. This method allows your children or students to put together the animal crafts over and over again.

Store your animal crafts in a storage container and take out for an activity. Children can mix and match animal parts to make some silly and unique animals!

Things you need to laminate:

Squirrel craft instructions:

  1. Print out the squirrel template. 
  2. If you chose the black & white squirrel template, color it first (use crayons, markers or colored pencils). 
  3. Once the squirrel is colored, using scissors cut out the squirrel parts. 
  4. Use paste, glue or velcro dots to connect the squirrel parts.
  • Start out by gluing the ears to the back of the squirrel’s head
  • Glue one leg to the back of the body, allowing it to point out to the right.
  • Glue the other leg to the top of the body.
  • Then glue one arm to the back of the body (pointing to the right).
  • Glue the acorn onto the paw.
  • Glue the other arm to the front of the body so the paw lightly touches the acorn.
  • Now glue the head to the top of the body.
  • Lastly, glue the tail to the back of the body.

Fun Facts About Squirrels

Now let’s learn a little bit about our fun squirrel friends!

  • The word “squirrel” means “shadow tail” in greek.
  • Squirrels can smell their buried food through up to a foot of snow. 
  • A squirrel’s front teeth never stop growing.
  • Squirrel eyes are positioned in a way which allows them to see behind them.

Format: Our squirrel template comes in PDF formats and perfectly sized to print on 8.5″x11″ standard size letter paper. This size and format makes it easy to print on any printer!

Below is what will be included in your download (see the bottom of the page for actual download instructions):

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Download the Build a Squirrel PDF

Build an adorable squirrel with this cut & paste squirrel craft. The perfect fall activity for the classroom.

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