Squirrel Cardboard Tube Craft for Preschoolers

This squirrel cardboard tube craft for preschoolers is so cute! The little squirrels are even holding their own real acorns!  This toddler or preschooler craft is easy to make and fun to play with. If your toddler loves collecting acorns why not help them make a squirrel craft like this to keep them all in! 

squirrel craft for preschoolers

It would be really fun to team this squirrel craft together with a squirrel themed book like 'Scaredy Squirrel'. Your toddlers and preschoolers may also enjoy painting with acorns as well as collecting them for this craft. We also have a fun squirrel colouring page in our woodland colouring pages set that they might enjoy doing alongside this squirrel craft. 

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Squirrel Craft Supplies:

  • Cardboard tubes
  • Cardstock (we used a cereal box from our recycling)
  • Orange paint
  • Pipe cleaners
  • Googly eyes
  • Acorns
  • Glue

How to make a cardboard tube squirrel craft for preschoolers

STEP 1: Paint you cardboard tube

Start by painting your cardboard tube orange. Toddlers and preschoolers will love doing this step independently. 

cardboard tube squirrel craft for preschoolers

STEP 2: Make head and arms

Cut out arms and a head shape from cardstock. We used the card from an old cereal box. Paint the arms and head the same orange colour as the cardboard tube. Once the paint has dried add googly eyes and a mouth on your squirrels head

STEP 3: Add arms, head and tail

Glue the arms and head onto the squirrels cardboard tube body. For the tail curl up a fluffy pipe cleaner and attach it by making a small hole in the cardboard tube to push the pipe cleaner through. 

STEP 4: Glue on a real acorn

A nice added touch is to glue a real acorn in your squirrels hands. 

cardboard tube squirrel craft for preschoolers and toddlers

If you push a little tissue paper into the bottom of the cardboard tubes you can store acorns inside the squirrels. 

Harry (aged 2) had lots of fun playing with his squirrels once they were finished, but unfortunately they didn't last long after he started throwing them in the air saying they were flying squirrels!

Easy cardboard tube squirrel craft for preschoolers and toddlers

So what are you waiting for! Grab some cardboard tubes, paint, acorns and a pipe cleaner and make this cute squirrel craft for preschoolers and toddlers to enjoy. 

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