Share a Mouse-
Children enjoy sharing their animals, both stuffed and alive. Have children bring in their collections
of mice from home--stuffed, magnetic, paper, etc. Creative stories can come from the mice table.
Do mice really like cheese? Good question for research! Wonder if they only like certain kinds of
cheeses? Help children understand how cheese is made and how many different kinds there are. Have
children bring in different kinds of cheeses. Cut the cheese into bite-size pieces so that the
children can try each type for themselves. Supply some crackers to go with the cheese.
Use the circle pattern and triangle pattern to make a mouse
from construction paper similar to the one below. Use yarn for the long tail! If the tail is long
enough, the mouse can be used as a bookmark and will make a great gift for mom or dad!
Using half of an English walnut, the children can create interesting mice. Fill the half with clay
and turn flat side down. Use felt scraps for ears and tail. For eyes, use paint or wiggly eyes.
Waxed heavy black thread works well for whiskers.
Have each child press his thumbe on an ink pad and then place the print on paper. Turn the thumbprints
into mice. The kids will love this!
Show the children the hour hand and the minute hand on the clock. Take time during the day to
tell time together.
Cat and the Mice
Form a circle. Choose four children to be "mice" and go into the center of the circle. Choose someone to be the "cat", who must stand outside the circle. Call "Catch the mice!" The cat goes into the circle and tries to catch the mice. (The mice cannot go outside the circle). As the mice are caught, they join the other children in the circle. The last child to be caught becomes the "cat" in the next game.
Hershey Kiss Mice 1 jar of maraschino cherries (with stems)
Small bag of chocolate chips
Melt chocolate chips in double boiler. Dip cherry in melted chocolate, holding by stem.
Dip bottom of kiss in chocolate, then put together with cherry. The cherry is the body of mouse, stem is tail
and kiss is nose. Then dip two almonds in chocolate and put between cherry and kiss for mouse ears. These are
Spread a rice cake with peanut butter (face of clock). Use raisins for the numbers and celery sticks
for hands of clock.
To make a pattern for the mouse, fold a sheet of
paper in half and cut it as if you were going to cut out a heart.
Do not open the “heart”. This is the body of your mouse. The point
of the unfolded “heart” is the mouse’s nose. Use a circle pattern for the ears, a wiggly eye,
tiny pom-pom for end of nose and yarn for the tail. Let children make grandfather clocks from
9x12 brown construction paper. A small paper plate (7") will make a great face of the clock. Let
children write in the numbers or better yet---cut out numbers from an old calendar! These mice and clocks
can be used while reciting the rhyme.
Lea submitted the following idea--thanks!
Draw a clock on construction paper. Write the verse leaving out the number and the next sentence, and allowing the children
to create their own rhyme. I placed contact paper that they can practice writing their number they were on, then they could
erase it and start again. "Hickory, Dickory, Dock, the mouse ran up the clock. The clock struck___, the mouse_________.
Hickory, Dickory, Dock."