Chrysanthemum and Kevin Henkes' Mice
Mouse Theme Picture Book Activities and Crafts

Chrysanthemum and Kevin Henkes' Mice - Mouse Theme Picture Book Activities and Crafts

Each book is complemented with printable mouse activities and crafts, and related educational materials and lesson plans.


  • printer
  • paper, construction paper or card stock
  • scissors
  • glue
  • coloring tools for black & white templates

chrysanthemum picture book kevin henkesFind @ a library

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Book: Chrysanthemum - Author: Kevin Henkes  Ages 4-8


A great book to prepare children for their first day of school, learn to write their very special name. This book also celebrates the contributions of an important community helper: the teacher.

  • These activities help children learn to write their name and also to appreciate that all names are very special.

  • After reading and discussing the book, the children can assemble a printable mouse craft or decorate and cut-out a mouse coloring page image to make a puppet. Children will give their mouse a special name. Write the special name on the back of the craft or coloring page puppet.

  • Chrysanthemum is the name of a beautiful flower. It is the birthday flower for the month of November. View real images and information about this flower. Print this coloring page and practice tracing November. Idea: Discover your children's special birthday flower and practice learning the months of the year.

Themes > Community Helpers > Teacher Activities
Chrysanthemum has a very inspiring teacher. Celebrate the contributions of the teacher to the community with related activities.

chester's way picture book kevin henkesFind @ a library

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Book: Chester's Way Author:  Kevin Henkes  Ages 4-8 This video showcases American sign language.

A timeless book about friendship and loyalty! Chester and Wilson share the same exact way of doing things, until Lilly moves into the neighborhood and shows them that new ways can be just as good and fun!

Incorporate into the mouse theme activities!

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Book: Julius's Candy Corn Author:  Kevin Henkes  Ages 4-8

Description > Julius's mom bakes cupcakes decorated with candy corn on top for his Halloween party. She asks him not to eat them until the guest arrive.  The cupcakes are arranged in a straight line on a tabletop in each illustration, to help young children count the cupcakes (and candy corns) along with Julius, the mouse.

Candy corn activities: Review this lesson plan with a candy corn craft, number worksheets and more to complement this book fo a Halloween theme.

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