Critter Crafts

Nutty Squirrel Craft and Game

Nutty Squirrel Craft & Game - Critter Crafts: Bug Crafts for Kids

You will need an egg carton and art supplies like paint and pom-poms to make a set of nutty squirrels to play a fun game with your friends!


  • 3 egg carton cups
  • craft glue
  • pencil
  • 6 small googly eyes
  • brown acrylic paint and brushes
  • 3 tiny black pom-poms
  • scissors
  • a 12-inch brown pipe cleaner
  • brown felt
  • acorn or other small nut

To Make the Squirrels

  1. Use a pencil to poke a tail hole in each cup and paint them
  2. For each squirrel, cut a face, ears, and a tail from brown felt
  3. Glue faces onto the cups, then glue eyes, ears, and pom-pom noses onto the faces (try to make them look identical for the game)
  4. Fringe the edges of the tails and glue a piece of pipe cleaner into the center of each tail (let a ½-inch stem extend beyond bottom)
  5. Attach each tail by inserting the stem through the hole and gluing it to the inside of the cup

To Play the Game 

  1. With the other players watching, place a nut on the table and cover it with one of the squirrels
  2. Begin sliding the squirrels around the tabletop, weaving them around each other to make the other players lose track of the nut
  3. After a while, challenge one person to guess which squirrel hides the nut