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Alphabet >
*Letter G > G is for Gerbil
*Letter M > M is for Mouse

Animals > Mammals > Rodents: Gerbil | Mouse | Rat

Books > Mouse theme

Crafts > Hearts Mouse with body

Colors > Pink | Magenta or  Gray | Pink or any color the craft is made

Numbers / Math > Counting, Sizing, Sorting

Shapes > Heart

Holidays & Events >
*Jan. or Feb. > Chinese New Year (Rat)
*Valentine's Day
*Pets events

Ages 2.5 + to 6 
Activities:   
The mouse is an animal that is a favorite among young children.  Visit the mouse for various related activities.  

The craft can also be adapted to a gerbil or rat theme. The rat is one of the twelve animals in the Chinese Zodiac, therefore, appropriate for Chinese New Year celebrations.

The children will have fun making an easy and fun craft assembled with heart shapes (except the eyes) and during the process many skills can be addressed.   Many other printable support materials and links to related activities are provided.    Let's get started.

The hearts crafts are appropriate for various holidays: Valentine's Day, Mother's Day, Father's Day, Grandparent's Day and various pets theme events celebrations as well.  

The craft is available
in two color combinations or black line format to color in.   There is head version only that has a greeting card option and is ideal for the youngest children. 

Activity #1:  Hearts Mouse Craft with body Ages 2.5+ (8 pieces)

Tell the children they are going to have fun with activities related to a wonderful and fun animal,  the mouse!  

Review your options for printing the craft as well assembly options that best meet your needs.  Before assembly conduct some of the learning activities suggested below:

Printing and assembly options for the craft:

2.  Greeting card templates are smaller than the craft template.  

Option 1:   Print color template of your choice (one page template) , cut out, conduct learning activities below and assemble. 
Option 2:  Print black and white template.  Children can color, paint or decorate first,  cut out and proceed as above.  The color of the craft can also match a picture book character.
Option 3:  For Large Groups or to recycle left over materials.
Print black & white template on card stock and use as a master template.  Trace the patterns directly on construction paper, left-over paper, fun foam to obtain pieces needed in coordinating colors.  Use small plastic wiggly eyes or draw eyes in the head template.

Other decorations and ideas for the craft option:

1.  Trace and cut pieces on fun foam, glue plastic wiggly eyes or draw in with permanent marker
3.  Tape a ribbon, string or a piece of magnet to back of head to use as decoration or ornament.  
4.  Puppet:  Tape the craft to a craft stick, drinking straw or unsharpened pencil for an instant puppet.  
5.  Paper whisker templates are included as two rectangle to cut diagonally and are optional. 
Instead of the paper whiskers, these can with yarn or pipe cleaners.  Use a hole punch, make two holes next to the heart nose and insert two pieces of yarn or pipe cleaners (about 3 inches each) through the front and then back.  Place tape on the back to hold in place.

Learning Activities to conduct before craft assembly:
Choose those activities you feel are appropriate on the ages of children.

Shapes & Colors Activity:

1.  Ask children to identify the shapes and colors on the template if using the color template.  Ask the children to identify the colors they've used to color/decorate the template.

Numbers/Pre-Math Activities:
To conduct these activities pieces should be decorated and cut out.

1. Sorting & Sizing:  Have the children sort the hearts by color and size (smallest to largest)

2. Counting:  Count how many of each  size there are.  You may want to write numbers on the blank side to acquaint the children with printed numbers.

Proceed with craft assembly.  Show the small image provided in the template to help the children see how the finished craft looks and to aid them in positioning the pieces.  

1.  Paste ears and nose on the head template.  Optional:  Draw or add yarn whiskers
2.  Paste the feet (cut out together as one piece). 
3.  Paste assembled head over body.
4.  Optional:  Write letter M m and the word mouse in the body or behind the craft

After completing the craft the children can hold their finished craft while conducting some of the activities below.

Alphabet Activities:  Letter G is for Gerbil or Letter Mm Mouse

1.  Visit detailed Letter G Gerbil or  Letter M Mouse printable activities lesson plan printable activities with animal facts, images and real sounds of mice.

Book recommendations:  There are so many books where a mouse is a main character.  You can never go wrong with Kevin Henkes delightful mouse characters or Ellen Stoll Walsh books.  Below are links to explore a selection of these books at Amazon.com and visit your local library.  

Chrysanthemum (Ages 4-8) and other Kevin Henkes books 

Mouse Paint and Mouse Count  by Ellen Stoll Walsh are wonderful for toddlers and preschoolers to reinforce color recognition and counting.

Hearts Mouse Craft with
Body
(adapt to a Gerbil or Rat)

gray version

pink version
illustrations only
templates below

Craft Templates
Color

*Pink
*Gray/Pink
*Black & White


Head only
Hearts Mouse Craft &
Greeting
Card Option

Alphabet printable activities
Letter G is for Gerbil
or

Letter M Mouse Activities

*Glue or glue stick
*any paper or card stock
materials to color with
*scissors
Optional:  yarn or pipe cleaners to create whiskers

 

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