Reading this humorous picture book was the catalyst for a Mexican fiesta, snow fort building, and painting watercolors while learning about migration. Those Darn Squirrels Fly South Book Club was our first mini party school, and it was a hit!
Those Darn Squirrels Fly South Book Club
On a whim one day I purchased the book, Those Darn Squirrels Fly South. I was looking for a cute book that might inspire us to learn about winter bird migration. This short picture book is a hilarious tale about Mr. Fookwire and “those darn squirrels” who live in his backyard. The squirrels decide to follow the migrating birds to their winter homes by inventing some interesting contraptions. Later Mr. Fookwire joins them in their tropical local for a fiesta and a winter vacation.
Those Darn Squirrels Fly South Book Club Food
The squirrels followed their bird friends to a tropical land where they ate mangoes and had a fiesta. We didn’t eat mangoes as they were a bit hard to find in January. But, we did decide to follow the squirrels’ lead and have a Mexican fiesta with tacos, burritos, quesadillas, and nachos. While we were eating, we ran down a few language rabbit trails and discussed the differences between a “fiesta” and a “siesta.” After the “fiesta,” some of us were ready for a “siesta.”
Those Darn Squirrels Fly South Book Club Outdoor Activities
Prior to reading the book, we had noticed some birds in our pond. After observing them for a while, we researched them and discovered they are Snow Geese. These geese spend their summers in northern Canada breeding. In the fall they begin their migration through North America and winter in the mid-South. In this case, our pond in Tennessee.
The day we read the book, we had an unexpected joy. It snowed in the South! We don’t often get snow, so this was a delight. Our little pond was frozen over, and our geese had found shelter somewhere else.
And, like the squirrels, we decided we would build a snow fort. But, alas, our snow was too powdery for snow forts. So, we went sledding instead.
Those Darn Squirrels Fly South Book Club Indoor Activities
It was pretty cold outside, so we had some fun with a new art course membership, Masterpiece Society. We picked a watercolor bird tutorial with doodle writing. (Here’s a little secret… I’ve never used watercolors before! So, I had to jump in on this project. ) We each picked a quote about birds and flying and started our tutorial.
We all had so much fun creating our own doodle writing and then painting our bird. I’m really proud of our results and looking forward to creating more Masterpiece Society projects.
Those Darn Squirrels Fly South Online Book Club
For years we have enjoyed book clubs. I began them as a way to add joy, excitement, and adventure to our homeschool. Recently, I started sharing these with others, and it has involved into an online book club where I add rabbit trails of discovery and a sprinkle of magic dust.
I have created an online book club for Those Darn Squirrels Fly South, and it is free to my subscribers for a limited time! It goes on rabbit trails of discovery about bird migration, fireflies and more. It’s a self-paced online course that your kids can go through themselves or you can work on together. AND, it NEVER expires.
Check it out below.
Some other great resources!
Now for the awesome new Link-Up Party!
Welcome to The Nature Book Club Monthly Link-Up No 1.
The Nature Book Club is a monthly link-up beginning on the 20th day of each month.
It’s a monthly book club devoted to connecting children to nature. There is a theme for each month. We welcome your nature book and activity related links!
The Nature Book Club theme for January: Winter Birds and Nests
The Nature Book Club is brought to you by these 14 nature loving bloggers and myself who are your co-hosts! Are you following them? If you don’t want to miss anything, be sure to follow each one.
Here are the co-hosts, their choices of books, and activities for the month.
Something 2 Offer
Birds, Nests, and Eggs Nest Scavenger Hunt
Tina’s Dynamic Homeschool Plus
(Backyard Bird Series) Cardinals – Free Northern Cardinal Unit Study & Lapbook.
Rule This Roost
Fine Feathered Friends: All About Birds – DIY Bird Feeders
The Homeschool Scientist
Birds, Nests, and Eggs – Make a Suet Feeder
Snowy Owls Snowy Owl Craft
Table Life Blog
A Nest is Noisy – Art Project.
Rainy Day Mum
Coming Home – Needle Felted Robin
Handbook of Nature Study
Backyard Birds Field Guide for Young Naturalist – Backyard Bird Nature Study
The Playful Scholar
Backyard Birds of Winter – How to Make Hanging Suet Ornaments
Nests – Nest weaving
The Usual Mayhem
The Boy Who Drew Birds Free artist study set (John James Audobon)
Ravens in Winter: Nature Study Activities and Lessons for Teens – Winter Bird ID
Hi, I’m Dachelle. I’m a homeschooling mom of 3 in the South. I love chocolate and have been known to hide it from my children. I can often be found reading a good book (or even sometimes just an okay book) and enjoying a jar of Nutella — don’t judge. I blog, here, at HideTheChocolate.com when I’m not creating book clubs and making lists…lots and lots of lists (it’s an addiction). Learn more…