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

Themes Activities Materials

Alphabet
>
Letter G > Gg Gerbil
Letter M > Mm Mouse
Letter R > Rr Rat

Animals > Mammals > Rodents

Books > Mouse theme

Crafts > Shapes > Hearts

Colors >

Numbers | Math > Counting, Sizing, Sorting

Holidays & Events >
Jan or Feb > Chinese New Year (Rat)
Feb 14th > Valentine's Day
Apr 4th > World Rat Day


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 other rodents, such as the gerbil or rat. 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 with an an optional greeting card templates in the pink/magenta color.

Activity 1 > Hearts Mouse Craft or Greeting Card Format (8 pieces)
Tell the children they are going to have fun with activities related to a wonderful and fun animal!  

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:
Option 1: Printcolor 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, conduct learning activities.
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 template pieces directly on construction paper, left-over paper, fun foam in coordinating colors.

Other decorations and ideas for the craft option:

  • Replace the paper whiskers template with yarn or pipe cleaners, about 3" long.
  • Trace and cut pieces on fun foam, use wiggly eyes instead of the eyes template.
  • Tape a ribbon, string or a piece of magnet to back of head to use as decoration or ornament.
  • 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.

Activity 2 > Learning activities to conduct before craft assembly:
Choose those activities you feel are appropriate on the ages of children.

  • Shapes & Colors Activity: Ask children to identify the shapes and colors on the template.
  • Numbers/Pre-Math Activities:
    To conduct these activities the templates should be decorated and cut out.
    • Sorting & Sizing:  Have the children sort the hearts by color and size (smallest to largest)
    • 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.  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.

Activity 3 > Alphabet Activities > Review the links to alphabet printable activities in the materials columm for this craft.

Activity 4 > Literacy > Mouse theme picture books recommendations with activities > many of the books are available to read online.
 
  Hearts Mouse Craft

Templates
Pink & magenta
Greeting card 1 & 2


Gray & pink

Black & white

Black & White
Greeting card 1 & 2


Alphabet printable activities:

Letter M Mouse

Letter G Gerbil

Letter R Rat

*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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