1) 2/3 of the participants form couples with their hands on the shoulders of their partners to form a gateway or hollow tree. Trees can be close together or scattered randomly and farther apart (for older kids). The remaining 1/3 of the participants enter the trees as squirrels and stand there. There should be one or more participants without a tree home.
2) The leader claps his/her hands, whereupon the squirrels should scatter, looking for a new home immediately, or retrieving a nut, then going to drop it off in a new home. A squirrel cannot return to the tree it just left, but could go to it later.
3) Swap out trees and squirrels later, so everyone has a chance to play every role. You’ll probably have to do this twice.