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Mouse Craft - Oval Shapes
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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 > Ovals Mouse

Colors > Gray

Numbers / Math > Counting, Sizing, Sorting

Shapes > Heart

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




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

The children will have fun making an easy and fun craft entirely assembled with oval shapes. During the assembly process many basic skills can be addressed.  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.

Present the craft before or after reading a related picture book, traditional story, nursery rhyme of fable.

Activity #1:  Ovals Mouse Craft  Ages 2.5+ (7 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 format as well assembly options that best meet your needs.  Before assembly conduct some of the basic skills learning activities suggested below:

Printing and assembly options for the craft:

Notes:  
Scissor cutting skills:  
Allow children to practice using their scissors as much as possible.  Help cut out smaller pieces.  
You may substitute paper eyes for plastic wiggly eyes.

Printing option 1
:   Print color template.
Printing option 2:  Print black and white template using color craft paper, card stock or resize construction paper to fit on the printer.  
Printing option 3:  Print in black and white.  Children can color with crayons, or paints.  

Other ideas:
1.  The color of the mouse can match those of a picture book character.  
2.  Collage story:  The children can make a collage background on a separate piece of paper that relates to a picture book and glue the mouse to it.  Leo Leoni's books are a great example of this art technique.
3. Science and art> Color Mixing:  When presenting the picture book Mouse Paint, Mouse Paint, have children practice color mixing to paint their mouse templates in a secondary color (green, purple or orange). have children practice color mixing to paint their mouse templates in a secondary color (green, purple or orange).

4.  Tape a ribbon, string or a piece of magnet to back of head to use as bulleting board decoration or ornament.  
5.  Puppet:  Glue to a craft stick, unsharpened pencil or drinking straw for an instant puppet.  
6.  Use yarn or pipe cleaners to give the mouse whiskers.

Learning Activities to conduct before craft assembly:
Choose those activities you feel are age appropriate.
Shapes & Colors Activity:

1.  Ask children to identify the shapes and color.  Ask children what other things are oval, such as an egg.

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

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

2. Counting:  Count how many ovals 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 nose.

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.

Alphabet Activities:  Letter Mm Mouse 

1.  Visit detailed  Letter M Mouse activities  printable materials and learn interesting mouse facts.

Picture Book activities and recommendations 
There are so many great picture books where a mouse is a main character.  You can never go wrong with the delightful mouse characters in Kevin Henkes  Ellen Stoll Walsh or Leo Leoni books.  Here is information and related activities:

Kevin Henkes Chrysanthemum

Leo Lionni's Mice: Frederick and more

Ellen Stoll Walsh's:
Mouse Paint and Mouse Count

 

Ovals Mouse Craft
(adapt to Gerbil or Rat)


Craft Templates
*Color
*Black & White

Alphabet printable activities for:
Letter G Gerbil
or

Letter M Mouse

*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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