"This is a tale about a tail--a tail that belonged to a little red squirrel, and his name was Nutkin."
We read Squirrel Nutkin by Beatrix Potter. She is one of our favorite authors and illustrators. And Nutkin is one of our favorite characters. We love how this impertinent little squirrel "bobbed up and down like a red cherry". We love how he "danced up and down like a sunbeam". We love how he gets himself into a lot of trouble.
After reading Squirrel Nutkin, we went outside for our "Nutting Party". Just like the squirrels in the story, my little "squirrels" ran around collecting and filling their little sacks with the nuts they found. At the end of the day, we cracked open some of the nuts and enjoyed them on top of ice cream with chocolate syrup.
We hold this "Nutting Party" every fall. It is a simple family tradition that is much anticipated. Since we do not have any nut trees close by, I just sprinkle some nuts around the trees before the kids are called out. Maybe someday, we will have our own real nut trees, but for now, this is just as fun!
(Sorry, the pictures are a little blurry!)