Nutty Squirrels

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Nutty Squirrels
Total Time 1 to 2 hours Ages school-age

In this crafty tabletop game, players try to guess which critter has squirreled away the nut.

What you'll need

  • 3 egg carton cups
  • Pencil
  • Brown acrylic paint and paintbrush
  • Scissors
  • Brown felt
  • Craft glue
  • 6 small googly eyes
  • 3 tiny black pom-poms
  • One 12-inch brown pipe cleaner, cut into 3 equal pieces
  • Acorn or other small nut

How to make it

  1. Nutty Squirrels - Step 1

    To make the squirrels: Use a pencil to poke a tail hole in one side of each cup, then paint the cups. For each squirrel, cut a face, ears, and a tail from brown felt. Once the paint dries, glue the faces onto the cups, then glue the eyes, ears, and pom-pom noses onto the faces, trying to make the squirrels look identical for a better game. Fringe the edges of the felt tails and glue a piece of pipe cleaner in the center of each, letting a 1/2-inch stem extend beyond the bottom. Attach each tail by inserting the stem through the hole and gluing it to the inside of the cup.

  2. To play the game: With the other players watching, place a nut on the table and cover it with one of the squirrels. Now begin sliding the squirrels around the tabletop, weaving them around each other to make the other players lose track of which squirrel has the nut. The faster you move them, the more likely you are to distract your audience. After a while, stop and challenge one person to guess which squirrel hides the nut.

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