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Arts & Crafts

Mouse Cage Craft

Materials needed:
*Cardboard
*Strawberry basket
*Pom pom or a white cotton ball
*Yarn
*Wiggly eyes
*Glue

Instructions:
Trace the opening end of the strawberry basket onto a piece of cardboard. Cut out the cardboard shape you just traced. Glue a pom pom onto the center of your cardboard cut-out. Glue a small piece of yarn on the back of your pom pom (this will be the mouse's tail, and glue on wiggly eyes on the other side. Cute out tiny ear shapes & glue them on the head. Now carefully glue on the piece of cardboard onto the strawberry basket so it looks like your mouse is in a cage. Be generous with the glue. You can also use a pipecleaner on the top of the mouse cage to be a handle.

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Mouse Paint Activity

Read Mouse Paint by Ellen Stoll Walsh. Make Mouse Paint Toast Read the book again while doing this activity.

Directions:
Take 1 tablespoon milk and 1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon sugar and mix it. Repeat this 3 times. Add red, yellow, and blue food coloring in separate jars, glasses, or containers. It takes 1 drop to make each color. (Pretend this is Mouse Paint.) Take a piece of white bread (Pretend it is a piece of white paper.)Do not put much milk mixture of each color onto the bread it will become soggy. Paint the bread with some of the milk using pastry brushes or rinse one pastry brush each time you paint a different color. Mix some of the red with some of the yellow and see what color it makes (orange). Mix some of the yellow with the blue and see what color it makes (green). Mix some of the blue with some of the red and see what color it makes (purple). Put the bread in the oven or a toaster oven. Take it out when it is lightly brown.

Note: Make sure you tell your children the difference between food coloring and paint you use to paint a picture and why they can eat food coloring and not paint.

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Bean Bag Mice

Make little bean bag mice with baby socks. Have the kids fill the socks with beans or rice and tie the end off. Tie some yarn around one end to make a nose and whiskers, glue on some eyes and a tail.

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Pop Bottle Mice

Materials:

•pop bottle
•mens gray sock
•sand
•dolls dress
•stuffing
•2 buttons same size and color
•styrofoam ball

Method:

1. Fill the pop bottle with sand and screw the lid back on tightly.
2. Use a hot glue gun to glue on the Styrofoam ball to the neck of the bottle.
3. Glue a small amount of stuffing to the face of the ball.
4. Take the sock and pull it over the ball and the bottle so the toes are at the top of the head. Glue the bottom of the bottle to the remaining sock, i.e., the top of the sock.
5. Put eyes that have been purchased at a craft store on the face above the bulge where the stuffing is. The bulge is the cheeks and nose.
6. Whiskers for the mouse are placed on either side of the nose. Slip a doll's dress over the head and stuff the arms with batting.
A wicker hat completes the look.

~Submitted by Paulette

Heart Mouse

Out of gray construction paper cut a large heart. The pointed part will be the head of the mouse. Draw facial features and add a piece of yarn for the tail. Cut out pink ears and glue to side of head.

Darling Little Mouse

Spray a plastic egg or L'eggs container with gray paint. When the paint is dry, glue on felt ears, feet, and a tail. Complete the mouse with wiggle eyes.



In The Kitchen

Mouse Cookies

Purchase a classroom quantity of sugar cookies. Give each child a cookie on a sheet of waxed paper. Drop a spoonful of white icing onto his sheet. Have him decide which secondary color he would like his mouse to be. Let him add several drops of food cloring to his icing to make the color that he wants. Then have him blend the colors with a craft stick or knife and spread the icing on his cookie. Finally have him add raisin eyes and a nose, pretzel-stick whiskers, and gumdrop ears.

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare



Theme Ideas

*Precut felt circles (gray, pink, white) and glue together to make mice. Use small bits of yarn for the whiskers.
*Get some Maisy books (isn't she a mouse?) and have the kids paint her portrait with tempera paints.
*Collect some snack foods that mice might eat. (It might be neat to have some crumbs . I think oatmeal cookies might be the best. They generally crumble in big enough pieces.)
*Play "Cat and Mouse". (There is no such game that I know of, but just use your favorite age appropriate version of tag.)
*Have a mouse as a "class" pet. IF you are careful to keep it caged they do make good pets. (For rodents, that is.)
*You almost HAVE to relate this to Mickey Mouse!
*Make some "Mouse Ear" hats with cardboard circles on construction paper bands. (Like the kind you might use to put feathers on for an Indian headdress.)
*Read "If You Give A Mouse A Cookie" again! Act out the parts - have a PLAY! Invite all the parents to come to lunch or (if they all pick up about the same time) to stay an extra 15 min. It won't take long and the kids will get a kick out of the applause!

~Submitted by Christy in OH

Mouse, Mouse who has the Cheese? - game

Based on Button Button who has the button..... A child is chosen as "it" and hides his/her eyes as an item (I cut out a wedge of cheese from a yellow sponge) is given to a child to hide in his lap or behind his back. "It" then has three chances to guess which child has the item. (All children hide their hands in their laps/behind their backs like they have it.)

~Submitted by Paulette

Mouse Hunt

Read Mouse Paint by Ellen Stoll Walsh. Circle time--Have a "mouse hunt," pretending to be cats and searching for small white mice that have been taped on the walls. After each child finds a mouse, have them hold onto it for an activity later in the morning. Read the story together. Later that morning, as part of our free choice time, have the children bring their mouse that they found earlier to the project table. Remind them that in the story, while the cat was asleep, the mice played in the paint. Tell them we are going to let our mice do the same thing. At the table have three jars with watered-down red, yellow, and blue paint. Each child then takes their mouse and dips it into the color of their choice, then pats it dry with a paper towel. Next they dip their mouse into one of the remaining colors. Repeat the drying process. This gives the children the chance to see what happens when colors are mixed.

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Outdoor Activity

Let the children play in the paint as the mice did. (Lay a large piece of paper on the floor if your inside, or on a hard surface if you're outside.) Fill a tub with warm, soapy water and set some old towels nearby. Fill three different paint pots with red, yellow , and blue paint. Fill three different pie pans with the same colors. Ask each child to remove her shoes and socks, roll up her pants, and pretend to be a mouse. Direct her to use a brush to paint a red, yellow, or blue puddle on the piece of paper. Next have her step in the pie pan containing one of the two remaining colors. Have her "dance" with painted feet on her paper, swirling the colors together to create a secondary color. When they are finished, wash and dry their feet with the soapy water.

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare



Links!

Mice and Rats - Enchanted Learning
Preschool Mice Theme - Everything Preschool
Mice Theme for Preschoolers - Child's Play
Mice Theme - Childcare and Beyond



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