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Mouse Craft or Greeting Card - Heart Shapes
Valentine's Day
Preschool Lesson Plan Printable Activities

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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 certain favorite for young children.  Visit the mouse theme for various related activities.

The children will have fun making an easy and fun craft or greeting card of a mouse almost entirely made with heart shapes (except the eyes & whiskers) 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 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 craft is appropriate for a  Valentine's Day celebration as well.  There is an optional greeting card templates option.   The craft is available in two color combinations as shown in the images or black line format to color in. 

Activity #1:  Hearts Mouse Craft  Ages 2.5+ or  Greeting Card Format (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 or greeting card format 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:

1.  Whisker templates is two rectangles cut diagonally are optional.
  The whiskers can be made with yarn or or pipe cleaners.  Use hole punch, make two holes above the 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.

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

Option 1:   Print craft color template of your choice (one page template)  or greeting card format (two page template), cut out, conduct learning activities below and assemble.  Greeting card template pieces are smaller.
Option 2:  Print black and white template.  Children can color, paint or decorate first,  cut out and proceed as above. 
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. 

Other decorations and ideas for the craft option:

1.  Trace and cut pieces on fun foam, use wiggly eyes instead of the eyes template.
3.  Tape a ribbon, string or a piece of magnet to back of head to use as decoration or ornament.  
4.  Puppet:  Glue the craft to a small standard lunch paper bag or to a craft stick for an instant puppet.  Decorate the paper bag with additional hearts, buttons, etc.
5.  Optional - Whiskers:  use yarn or pipe cleaners as recommended above.

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.  In this activity you may want to also count the eyes.

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

Greeting Card suggestion:  Assemble craft before folding the card.

Alphabet Activities:  Letter Mm Mouse 

1.  Visit detailed  Letter M Mouse activities,  printable materials and online story:  Roller skate Mouse

Online Puzzle:  Mouse 
Here is an online online puzzle the children will enjoy featuring a real mouse.  The default puzzle is 6 pieces.  Click on the shape button to change shape and number of pieces.

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.

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


illustration only
templates below

Craft Templates
Colors: Pink and Magenta

Colors: Gray and inner ears Pink
*Template #1

Black and white

Color Greeting Card Option (Pink and Magenta featured above)
Color Template 1
Color Template 2

B/W Template 1
B/W Template 2


Letter M Mouse printable 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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