Mice Theme for Preschool

A Mice Theme for Preschool!  Squeak!  Squeak!  

This fun theme will help preschoolers learn about these small animals while developing preschool process skills.  

This  page includes preschool lesson plans, activities and Interest Learning Center ideas for your Preschool Classroom!

Let the Theme planning begin!

You can either scroll down through this page to see all of the preschool activities.

Or, you can click the link below to go to specific preschool activity types you are looking for.

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Art Activities

Mouse Face Shapes

Materials Needed: Circle sponges of different sizes, paint, paper, thin paint brushes.

Have the children use the sponges to create a mouse face (large circle face, small circle ears and nose).

They use the brushes to draw whiskers, teeth, eyes (or glue on googly eyes!).

Shape Mouse

Materials needed:  construction paper, scissors, glue, white paper

The children cut the paper into shapes to create a mouse.

VARIATION:  Provide either precut shapes or shape stencils for the children to trace and cut out to make their mouse including circles, triangles, skinny rectangles (for whiskers),etc.

Great follow up to the book Mouse Shapes by Ellen Stohl Walsh.

Yum!  Lunch!

In advance, cut out mouse shaped stencils.

The children trace a mouse onto white paper and cut out.

They then glue colored tissue paper onto the mouse shape.

This is a great followup to the book Lunch by Denise Fleming.

Lunch Munch Plate

Materials Needed:  Paper plates, magazines and/or grocery store advertisements, glue

Have the children create their own plate of lunch food to munch!  This is a great follow up to the book Lunch by Denise Fleming!

Mouse Puppet

Materials needed:  lunch bags, precut shapes (circles for ears, head and cookie; overalls as in If You Give A Mouse a Cookie), yarn or pipe cleaners for whiskers, glue

The children use these items to create their own mouse puppet to use to act out the book!

VARIATION:  For those able, also provide shape stencils and encourage the children to trace and cut out their own pieces.

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Block Center Ideas

Mouse Trap!

No, not the board game...that is FAR TOO old for preschoolers.  However, why not learn about ramps, marbles and traps in your Block Area?!

Add PVC tubes, marbles, paper towel tubes, wheels (like a water wheel) etc. and go for it!

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Circle Time

Circle Time is such a great time for children to learn the social skills of being together as a large group AND to learn more about your theme!

Hickory, Dickory Dock!

Teach the children this nursery rhyme.  Extend it by making flannel pieces for them to use at the library!

Hickory, dickory dock  (Hold arm up with elbow bent).

The mouse ran up the clock (run fingers from other hand up arm).

The clock struck one (hold up one finger).

The mouse ran down (run fingers down the arm)

Hickory, dickory dock!

Strawberry Matching

I am a huge fan of the book The Little Mouse, The Red Ripe Strawberry and the Big Hungry Bear by Don and Audrey Wood!

Follow up the reading of this book by matching strawberries!

Here is what I have done in the past:

Cut out a strawberry shape for each child.  

Print each child's name on a strawberry.  Place them all in a basket.

Have smaller strawberry shapes precut that have the first letter of each child's name on them.  (So, if you have an Ashley, Amanda and Ann, be sure to have 3 strawberries with the letter A on them!).

Place the letter strawberries on the floor in front of you at Circle.

Talk about the letters:  Who has this letter in their name?  Does anyone know the name of this letter?

Have each child, one at a time, come up to the basket and find their name (if your children are not yet recognizing their names, add a picture of them to their strawberry.  You can always use them as name cards in your writing area!).

Have the children match their name up with the letter their name begins with.

Scissor Practice

What better way to supervise scissor use than in Circle Time where they all learn together!

In advance, (keeping with the Strawberry theme from above!), make a large strawberry for each child from paper.  Draw lines up the middle--some zig zagged, some straight, etc.

The children practice cutting on those lines as you talk about the story!

Little Mouse, Where is Your House!

I use this activity all year for transitions, but it goes perfectly with a Mouse Theme!

Create house shapes in different colors as seen in picture.

Create a mouse that fits under the house.

Laminate them all.

Hide the mouse under one house when the children arent' looking.

As a group, say:

"Little mouse!  Little mouse!  Are you in the ___________ house"

Have one child choose a color.  They lift that house.  Is the mouse there?  

No:  No!  Little mouse is not in the _________ house.

Yes:  Yes!  Little mouse!  You are in the ___________ house.

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Cooking Ideas

Cooking with children helps develop their math skills and helps them to learn how to follow directions. It also allows for some great conversation! Ask many questions while cooking with your children to encourage conversation! Be sure to ask specific themed questions while making these fun snacks!

Mouse Cookies

Using your favorite recipe, give the children a large scoop of cookie dough.  Have them separate it into 3 pieces.

Show them how to roll it into a ball and then flatten each ball to make a head and ears. 

(Be sure the ears are pressed into the head).

Decorate with raisins for eyes and pretzel thins for whiskers once cooked.

Crockpot Macaroni and Cheese!

8 ounces cooked elbow macaroni

One 12 ounce can evaporated milk

1 1/2 cups whole milk (I actually use 2 %)

1/2 stick melted butter (1/4 cup)

1 tsp. salt, dash of pepper

2 10 ounce bricks of Cheddar cheese (about 5 cups)*

  1. In advance, cook the elbow macaroni and spray crock pot with non-stick spray.
  2. Have the children help you cut the cheese into squares or shred it.
  3. Have the children help you add the ingredients.
  4. Put on high for 3 hours.  Yum!

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Ideas to Transform Your Dramatic Play Area

Mouse House

Place large boxes with mouse door holes in them for the children to climb in and out.

Place soft pillows, mouse ears for them to wear, pretend food (cheese, fruit) and books about mice and other animals for them to read.

Pet Store

Set up a pet store with stuffed animals, especially mice!, in boxes for them to care for and sell!

Include cash register, money, brochures (made by the children.....see writing center for ideas).

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Ideas for Your Easel--

More Than Just Painting (Although that is always THE favorite in our classroom!)

Mouse Paint

Provide Red, Blue and Yellow paint for the children to create colors.

Great follow up to the Mouse Paint book by Ellen Stoll Walsh.

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Mice Theme Large Group Games

To Help Build Their Muscles While They Have Fun Together

Where Can a Mouse Live

Take a clipboard outside.  Go for a walk with the children and tell them to look around for a small place a mouse could live.

Write down all their ideas.  Take pictures if you can!

When back inside, hang up the list and talk to the children about what they found.

If you took pictures, print them out and make a book out of them!  One place for each page such as:

"A mouse could live in the drain."  ---Cheryl

"A mouse could live in that tree."  -----Bobby

Mouse Hunt

Choose mice related items and hide them in your room.  This could be play food (cheese), a stuffed mouse, etc.

Have the children find the items.

EXTENSION:  Make a scavenger hunt paper with a picture of the items.  Laminate it and provide a dry erase marker.  The children will play this game over and over.

VARIATION:  Hide items that go along with If You Give a Mouse a Cookie book!

Cat and Mouse Parachute Game

To play this game, one child is the mouse and goes UNDER the parachute.

One child is the cat and kneels ON the parachute.

The children hold the parachute and shake it quickly and continually.

The "mouse" crawls around under the chute while the cat crawls around on the chute and tries to find the mouse.

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Ideas for Your Library

Book Suggestions for the Library

Chrysanthemum by Kevin Henkes

If You Give a Mouse a Cookie (If You Give...) by Laura Numeroff

Lunch by Denise Fleming

Little Mouse and the Big Red Apple by A. H. Benjamin

Mice (Pet Care) by Rebecca Sjonger

Mouse Count by Ellen Stoll Walsh

Mouse Paint by Ellen Stoll Walsh

Mouse Poems by John Foster

Mouse Shapes by Ellen Stoll Walsh

The Little Mouse, the Red Ripe Strawberry, and the Big Hungry Bear (Child's Play Library) by Don and Audrey Wood

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Activities to Help Your Preschoolers Develop Their Math Skills and the Small Muscles in Their Hands!

Lots of Cheese!

Cut out triangular cheese pieces, all the same size.  Draw dots on each numbering 1-10.

Draw and cut out 10 mice shapes.  Print the numbers 1-10 on the mice.

Laminate the pieces and have the children match the numbers with the dots.

EXTENSION:  Make this self correcting.  You do this by printing the numbers on the backs of each piece of cheese.

If You Give a Mouse a Cookie Math!

Cut out 10 cookie shaped papers.

Draw dots on each for the numbers you will be focusing on (we used numbers 1-10).

Also, print the number on each cookie as well.


Provide chocolate chips.  

The children place the corresponding number of chocolate chips onto each cookie.

Develops eye-hand coordination; rote counting; rational counting; 1-1 correspondence and yummy snack eating skills! ;)

Colored Cookie Chip Sorting

I saw this idea on Pinterest and LOVED it (it is on my Pinterest Board)

In advance, cut out many cookie shapes.

Draw the "chocolate" chips on the cookies using different colors (but just one color per cookie).  

You will have multiple cookies with red chips, green chips, etc.

Place the cookies on a cookie sheet and provide a spatula.

Provide colored plates.

The children use the spatula to take the cookies off the cookie sheet and onto the plate of the corresponding color!

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Music and Movement Actitivities to Get Your Preschoolers Movin' and Groovin'!

The Old Gray Cat

Play this game with the children.  Sing this song in any tune you like. 

One child is the cat and the rest are the mice.

The old gray cat is sleeping , sleeping, sleeping.

The old gray cat is sleeping in the house.

The little mice are dancing, dancing, dancing.

The little mice are dancing in the house.

The little mice are nibbling, nibbling, nibbling.  

The little mice are nibbling the cheese in the house!

The little mice are resting, resting, resting.

The little mice are resting in the house.  

The old gray cat comes creeping, creeping, creeping.  

The old gray cat comes creeping in the house. 

The little mice go scampering, scampering, scampering.  

The little mice go scampering in the house.

Another child takes a turn being the cat.

Five Little Mice  

Sung to the tune of 5 Little Ducks

Five little mice came out to play,

Gathering crumbs along the way,

Out came pussycat sleek and fat;

Four little mice go scampering back

Four little mice came out to play

Gathering crumbs along the way

Out came pussycat sleek and fat

Three little mice go scampering back

Three little mice came out to play

Gathering crumbs along the way

Out came pussycat sleek and fat

Two little mice go scampering back

Two little mice came out to play

Gathering crumbs along the way

Out came pussycat sleek and fat

One little mouse goes scampering back

One little mouse came out to play

Gathering crumbs along the way

Out came pussycat sleek and fat

No little mice go scampering back

VARIATION:  Have 5 children pretend to be a mouse at the same time and 1 the cat to act this out.

We used cut up pieces of sponges for the crumbs for the mice to gather!

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Activities for the Sand and Water Table

Cookie Ingredients

Add oatmeal and flour to your sand table for the children to feel the ingredients used to make mouse cookies! 

Moon Sand

Let the children make cookies, mudpies, etc. to go along with the "If You Give a Mouse......" series of books by Laura Numeroff.  

Also, add plastic mice for the children to hide and find!

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Activities for Your Preschool Scientists in Training!

Classroom Visitor!

Does one of your families have a pet mouse?  Ask if you can have the mouse visit for a day or the week.

Be sure you find out how to properly care for it.

Provide home made journals for the children to draw pictures of the mouse and to dictate stories to you about the mouse.


Click here to read my article on it first!

Cheese Taste Test

Provide different types of cheeses.

Have the children to try each type and tell you if they like it.

Chart their responses!

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Writing Activity for Your Theme

A Mouse is Nice!

Provide as many mouse stamps and stamp pads as you can for the children to create a brochure all about these rodents!!

They can stamp what they eat, where they live, how they behave, etc. from what they learn this week!

If You Give a Mouse........

Make your own class book!

This week, print the following on the bottom of white paper:

If you give a mouse a _______________, it will want ____________________.

Have each child make a page, filling in the blanks and illustrating a page.  They should also print their name on their page--they are the illustrator for that page!  Work on this all week.

At the end of the week, staple it together and read it to the children!

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