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Squirrels in the Trees

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Author/Source: Steven Knight

Topic: Preschool Game

Here are some interesting facts and a preschool game activity from Thailand!

Squirrels in the Trees

This is a very simple game that can be used as an activity for preschoolers or adapted into more difficult versions.

  1. Divide students into groups of 3 or 4 players. 
  2. Have 2 or 3 students join hands to make a tree. Have the other player inside the circle to represent the squirrel. 
  3. Leave a couple squirrels without trees. In other words, you need a few less trees than you have squirrels. Now all squirrels except 1 or 2 have a tree. 
  4. On the teacher’s signal, all squirrels must leave their home and try to find another tree. The squirrels that do not find a tree are made to perform a silly dance before continuing on to the next round.
  5. You can add more to this game by having the trees and squirrels perform a group exercise upon the squirrels reaching a home. Then maybe the squirrels that did not find a home could perform a little more difficult task. After several rounds, switch the squirrels with some of the trees. Continue until all players have been able to play the squirrels.

VARIATION: To make this game a little more active, I have played the tree in the wind, where the trees will move around the room, making it more difficult for a squirrel to get into the tree.  This keeps everyone a little more active.

Thailand Interesting Facts

  • Thailand is located in Southeast Asia, below China
  • The country is affectionately called “the land of white elephants” and “the land of smiles.”

  • The national religion is Buddhism. The people are consumed by idol and spirit worship, and they seek protection from local spirits through amulets, curses, and offerings.
  • Greeting a person consists of joining one’s palms together in front of their chest, then bowing one’s head.
  • Thai is the national language, although there are over 85 languages spoken there.

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