A Mice Theme for Preschool! Squeak! Squeak!
This fun theme will help preschoolers learn about these small animals while developing preschool process skills.
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Thinking about a Mouse as a Classroom Pet?
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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.
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.
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!
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!
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!
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!
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.
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).
More Than Just Painting (Although that is always THE favorite in our classroom!)
Provide Red, Blue and Yellow paint for the children to create colors.
Great follow up to the Mouse Paint book by Ellen Stoll Walsh.
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
Book Suggestions for the Library
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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!
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.
Let the children make cookies, mud pies, 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!
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.
THINKING ABOUT A MOUSE AS A CLASSROOM PET?
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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