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IF YOU GIVE A MOUSE A COOKIE
One of my all-time favorite stories is If You Give a Mouse a Cookie. This classic cause-and-effect story by Laura Numeroff launched the entire If You Give a Mouse book series and animated TV show on Amazon Prime. But this original story will always be my favorite!
In this story, a boy gives a mouse a cookie, which prompts the mouse to ask for a glass of milk. That prompts the mouse to ask for a straw, and so on and so on. By the end of the story, the mouse is asking for a cookie again, and the little boy is wiped!
Check out these fun If You Give a Mouse a Cookie activities that can help bring this story to life for your preschool, pre-k, or kindergarten littles!
These activities are all part of my If You Give a Mouse a Cookie printable pack, which can be found in my shop here!
LITERACY: WHO TOOK THE LETTERS FROM THE LETTER JAR?
Everyone loves the classic song, “Who Took the Cookies from the Cookie Jar?” and this game is a fun twist on that song!
Lay out the cookie jar printable or use a real cookie jar. Choose 3-5 cookie letters and place them on the jar. Have your little one memorize the letters. Then have them close their eyes while you take one letter away. When they open their eyes, they sing, “Who took the letter from the letter jar?” and then they tell you which letter you stole from the letter jar! Repeat with them taking a letter away while you close your eyes.
MATH: FEED THE MOUSE
We love “Feed the Animal” games, like our Feed the Bunny spring game. This time, your little one is feeding the mouse his cookies and milk.
First, you’ll want to make the Mouse Box (which is super easy to do!) Then, your little one will choose a “recipe” card, which has cookies and glasses of milk on it. They’ll count the cookies and milk and feed the correct amount to the mouse.
FINE MOTOR: FOOD PLAY DOUGH
Play dough is so good for our little ones’ fine motor development. Squeezing, cutting, rolling, and shaping play dough helps build the muscles in their fingers, wrists, and hands…which is exactly what will help them with their writing!
These food play dough cards are adorable! There are 8 cards to choose from, and your little one will use play dough to re-create the food.
GROSS MOTOR: RACE TO BAKE
Here’s a super fun activity that will get your littles ones up and moving, but will also help them practice their math skills!
Set up the baking sheets on one side of the room and the cookies on the other. Your little one will put a cookie on a spatula, race it across the room, and match it to the cookie on the tray.
CRAFT: MAKE A COOKIE SHAKER
This craft is super easy to make but goes along perfectly with this book! All you need are paper plates, brown paint, pom poms, a popsicle stick, and dried beans (to put inside). Now you have your very own cookie shaker!
Oh, and if you’d prefer not to add more noise to your house or classroom (I totally understand!), you can leave out the beans & just make cookies instead of shakers. Still a fun craft, just much quieter!
SNACK: BAKE CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES
You can’t read If You Give a Mouse a Cookie and NOT bake chocolate chip cookies, right?! That would just be crazy!
We followed the original Nestle Tollhouse recipe & they turned out amazing!
YOU TUBE: WHO STOLE THE COOKIES FROM THE COOKIE JAR?
I remember my mom singing this song to me all the time as a kid. It’s such a fun one! You can sing along with this song HERE on You Tube!
READING RESPONSE: JOURNAL WRITING PAGE
Teaching our little ones to reflect on what they’ve read is a skill we want to start from the beginning. These journal writing pages allow them to draw and write a response to this story.
IF YOU GIVE A MOUSE A COOKIE PRINTABLE PACK
All of the activities in this pack can be found in our If You Give a Mouse a Cookie printable pack, which can be found in my shop here!
Do you love this story, too?! Do you have any fun activities that would be great for it? Comment below or find me on Instagram [@littleslovelearningblog] and let me know!