DETROIT -- If you want to have fun with kids, set up a bird feeder squirrels can't reach easily, maybe forcing them to climb a thin pole or hang from an overhead support to get at the food.
Then set up a digital camera that makes high-definition video. If you use a tripod you'll get better results, but there are times when hand-holding the camera produces interesting angles.
The movie makes a great offering for show-and-tell days at school, and if you combine it with a still-picture slide show of other animals that visit you'll have a mini-epic nature drama that you can even set to music.
And if you want a project that will really impress teachers and friends, make video on the same day of each month from now until school lets out and title it something like "A Season in our Backyard."