Laura Numeroff

The theme for this month’s story time is the Laura Numeroff series of stories. The books we read this week are: If You Give a Pig a Pancake, If You Give a Cat a Cupcake, and If You Give a Mouse a Cookie.

These are the kind of books that the kids enjoy reading even if they already know the story. I had several kids telling me what the next page said but they enjoyed the reading anyway.

Our songs this week were “Mice are Nice” and “Pancakes!”

“Mice are Nice”

We think mice are nice. Oh, we think mice are nice!
Mice have noses that twitch and sniff. We think mice are nice!

We think mice are nice. Oh, we think mice are nice!
Mice have whiskers that wiggle and jiggle. We think mice are nice!

We think mice are nice. Oh, we think mice are nice!
Mice have feet that hurry and scurry. We think mice are nice!

“Pancakes!”

Mixin’ pancakes,
Stirrin’ pancakes,
Pop ’em in the pan;
Fryin’ pancakes,
Flippin’ pancakes,
Catch ’em if you can

Our activities this week included sand play and cookie match.

For the sand play I let the kids play in the sand bucket. I added small items like shells, toys, and magnifying glasses. The kids love sand play and it is great for their fine motor skills.

The cookie match is a memory game. We have cookies that are frosted with all different colors and sprinkles and the kids match the cookies. The game also helps them differentiate small details.

Our craft this week was a paper bag mouse puppet. For this craft you will need a small paper bag, a printout of a mouse template (link below), crayons/markers, glue, and scissors.

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First have the kids color the pieces of the mouse template.

 After that they can practice cutting the pieces out. Let them know that it is important to take their time and do a good job.

 

After they have their pieces cut out they can glue them to the bag. If they want they can color the bag to look more like the mouse has clothing.

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