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We love the book Fredrick by Leo Lionni and many other picture books with mice as main characters so making a little mouse at art time today was a perfect fit. Using recycled materials for art isn’t just frugal it’s also a lesson in creativity for kids. What can they make with a recycled box? Crafts like that give them a few suggestions. If your child is strong enough to cut through cardboard have them do the cutting, it’s great for building hand strength.

Sheila Rae, the Brave by Kevin Henkes is a fantastic story about Shelia a little mouse who is not afraid of anything until she looses her way… luckily her little sister who is afraid of somethings knows the way home and proves to her older sister that you can be be afraid sometimes and still be brave!

Frederick by Leo Lionni is a fable about the importance of imagination. When all the mice are working hard to gather things for winter Fredrick is quietly taking in the sun, and colors they will need to help get them through the dark, cold hungry days ahead. The other mice don’t see why this is so important until everything they have gathered runs out and they need Fredrick and his imagination to help them make it ! Great commentary about art being vital. Your toddler may not pick up on that but you will !

If You Give a Mouse a Cookie (If You Give…) by Laura Numeroff if you haven’t read this yet I am really shocked, grab it! It’s a fun book about what happens when you give a mouse a cookie… the demands keep flowing but so will your child’s imagination and enjoyment. Children love these books, and because they are short you will notice that they will start “reading” them to you very very soon. Fun stuff!

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I’m Anna from The Measured Mom, bringing you another Letter of the Week Craft at Crystal and Company.  I’ll be back each week to share a new craft and other alphabet activities for preschoolers. 

If you are looking for summer activities for your preschooler, these letter of the week crafts are a great place to start.

You will also find books to read that go with this letter, as well as a song and rhyme at the end of this craft. These are great activities to help your child remember the letter while they’re being creative.

Ready for some fun?

You will need:

  • m is for mouse printable
  • a brown or gray letter M cut from construction paper
  • circles for the mouse’s ears
  • 6 short strips cut from black construction paper
  • 2 googly eyes
  • 1 pink pom pom
  • glue stick
  • school glue
  • white construction paper

 1. Glue down the letter M.

 2. Add the circles at the top points of the M.

 3. Glue down three whiskers on each side.  Make sure they start at the center point of the M.

 4. Use the school glue to attach the pom pom nose.

 5. Glue down the googly eyes, and you’re done!

Even though I’m not a big fan of rodents, I have to say that these are pretty cute!

NURSERY RHYMES FOR LETTER M:

Here are two popular nursery rhymes that every preschooler should know!

Do you know the Muffin Man,
The Muffin Man,
The Muffin Man?
Do you know the Muffin Man,
Who lives on Drury Lane?

Little Miss Muffet
Sat on a tuffet,
Eating her curds and whey.
Along came a spider
Who sat down beside her
And frightened Miss Muffet away!

 SONG FOR LETTER M:

If you’ve never heard this one, be sure to find it on Youtube and teach it to your preschooler.  It’s easy to to learn, and kids love it.

Miss Mary Mack, Mack, Mack,
All dressed in black, black, black,
With silver buttons, buttons, buttons,
All down her back, back, back.
She asked her mother, mother, mother
For fifty cents, cents, cents,
To see the elephant, elephant, elephant,
Jump the fence, fence, fence.
He jumped so high, high, high,
He touched the sky, sky, sky,
And he didn’t come back, back, back,
‘Til the fourth of July, ly, ly! 

BOOKS TO READ FOR LETTER M:

If You Give a Mouse a Cookie, by Laura Numeroff

This was the first of the “If You Give…” series – and it’s a favorite!  If you give a mouse a cookie, he’ll want a glass of milk to go with it… and on it goes.  Besides the great story, Felicia Bond’s illustrations are amazing.  Be sure to check out If You Give a Moose a Muffin for more letter M.

Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel, by Virginia Lee Burton

Have you read this classic?  It’s been in print for almost 75 years, so you know it’s good!  Mike Mulligan has agreed to dig the basement for the town hall, but he won’t get paid unless he and his steam shovel, Mary Ann, can get it done in one day!  Will they make it?

Mimi, by Carol Baicker-McKee

We love this adorable collage-style picture book about a little preschool-aged pig named Mimi.  From watching her lose her pet pill bug to seeing her attend story time at the library – Mimi is a pig all preschoolers can relate to.

For many more ideas to teach the letter M, visit this link.

OTHER LETTER OF THE WEEK CRAFTS:

LETTER OF THE WEEK SNACKS:

Anna taught eight years and received her MEd in Curriculum & Instruction with a focus on literacy. In 2007 she began her career as a stay-at-home mom. She has four children – a girl (6) and three boys (4,3,1). She enjoys teaching them at home and after her daughter’s morning at kindergarten. Anna blogs at www.themeasuredmom.com.

More Alphabet Resources

Handwriting Tracing Kit For Preschoolers

 

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Check out our baby mouse selection for the very best in unique or custom, handmade pieces from our shops.

Create a mouse craft with your child inspired by one of our favorite picture books, Mouse Count! This activity focuses on fine motor skills and retelling the story as you create it.

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Let’s have a little fun with a snake and some mice!  I invite you to join along with the book Mouse Count by Ellen Stohl Walsh.

She has written a few adorable Mouse Books which I think are essential to any children to read!  Counting, Colors, Shapes they are the perfect addition to a Tot School or Preschool Program!

 Mouse Count by Ellen Stohl Walsh 

Mouse Craft for Kids

We’re having some sewing and counting fun!

Materials for Mouse Craft

Directions for Mouse Craft

Using the paper plates create a Mouse Body with one and two mouse ears with the other one.

Once your mouse shape has been created take the Hole puncher and evenly punch around the edges to create a place to sew around the mouse. 

You can do this as an adult younger children but for older children encourage them to do it, it’s great for building up the fine motor skills!

Then have your child take the string and sew around the mouse.

Add your Ear, Nose and Eyes with glue and allow to dry.

Printable Mouse Count Math Games

I’ve created a few Printable Mouse Activities just for our readers at The Educators’ Spin On It.

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Additional Mouse Count Activities

Don’t forget to check out other book by Ellen Stohl Walsh to work on Shapes and Colors!

Additional Mouse Count Activities for Kids

Mouse Paint Activity with Names

Mouse Headband Tutorial

Mouse Themed Sidewalk Chalk Alphabet Game

Mouse Count Activity with Recycled Lids

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My husband told  me that he never gets handmade gifts for Father’s Day.

I realized it was true!  Father’s Day falls in the summer, long after the school bell has stopped ringing, and the kids don’t always get crafty for Father’s Day. This Father’s Day, I decided to have the kids make something cute, easy, and useful for Dad!

This is a great craft for kids of all ages to complete with some help from and adult. The first step is picking out a fabric Dad will love!

Materials for Homemade Father’s Day Mouse Pad:

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Cardboard – approximately 6″ x 8″

Themed Fabric – approximately 8″ x 10″

2 sheets of craft foam  – approximately 6″ x 8″

Hot glue gun & hot glue

Permanent marker

How to Make Homemade Father’s Day Mouse Pad

  • Begin by cutting the cardboard in the shape you want your mouse pad. I chose a rectangle, because of the ease in covering with fabric. However, you can choose any shape you wish.
  • Once you’ve chosen your shape and cut your cardboard, you are ready to cut your fabric and craft foam.
  • Cut your fabric about 2″ larger than your cardboard base.  Be sure to pay attention while cutting. If you have a design on your fabric, be sure you have the area  you want centered in the middle.
  • Glue the craft foam to the cardboard.
  • Then, begin on one side with the fabric, and lay down a line of hot glue. Fold fabric over the cardboard and secure to the hot glue. Do the same on the opposite side of the rectangle.
  • At the corners use an accordion fold, so you do not have loose fabric on the front of the mouse pad.   To do this, you fold over small sections and secure with glue before moving on to the next section. Continue to do all four corners, then finish gluing the two sides that are still unglued.

Note: While gluing, be sure to pull the fabric tight across the front of your mouse pad to give a smooth finish

  • Don’t worry about the unfinished edges, because you’ll cover them up with craft foam.
  • Trim your craft foam  to fit the back of the mouse pad. You don’t want to have any material overlapping the sides, and showing when you’re using the mouse pad, so cut the backing just a bit smaller than the mouse pad.  Cover the back side with enough hot glue to hold the non slip backing in place.
  • Place backing on, and allow to dry a few minutes.  

Let kids draw a secret message on the back with a permanent marker.

Dad will love turning over his handmade gift to see a special drawing made just for him!  Pair it with a handmade card and Dad will think it’s the best Father’s day, ever!

Father’s Day Crafts and Activities

We have tons of fun ways to celebrate Father’s Day:

What DIY gift(s) are you making for Father’s Day this year? Comment below! 

Have your child paint the ovals. Let dry, I sped up the process by wiping the excess paint off with a paper towel. mouse craft for kids painting.

Homemade Father’s Day Mouse Pad Craft

As a child I received a custom made dollhouse for Christmas.  I loved playing with it and spent many hours re-arranging the furniture, and adding special little touches to it.  I still have a fascination with dollhouses and everything in miniature.

Several months ago I found a vintage dollhouse at a thrift store and I couldn’t pass it up.  Henrik and I decided it would be the perfect home for our Maileg Mice.  I added a couple of coats of paint and some paper to the house and it’s as good as new.  I then added a few pieces of furniture and a mouse portrait painted by Henrik to make our mouse family feel at home.

My children have enjoyed playing with their mouse house and Henrik is already talking about moving his claymation guys in…

-Meta


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