*Letter G > G
is for Gerbil
M > M is for Mouse
> Mammals >
Rodents: Gerbil | Mouse
Hearts Mouse with body
Pink | Magenta or Gray | Pink or any color
the craft is made
Numbers / Math
> Counting, Sizing, Sorting
*Jan. or Feb.
> Chinese New
Ages 2.5 + to 6
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
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
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
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
Option 1: Print craft color template of your
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
Option 3: For Large Groups or to recycle left over
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
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
Learning Activities to conduct before craft
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.
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
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.
(Ages 4-8) and other Kevin Henkes books
Paint and Mouse
Count by Ellen Stoll Walsh are wonderful for toddlers
and preschoolers to reinforce color recognition and counting.
*Glue or glue stick
*any paper or card stock
materials to color with
Optional: yarn or pipe cleaners to create whiskers