*Letter G > G
is for Gerbil
M > M is for Mouse
> Mammals >
Rodents: Gerbil | Mouse
Hearts Mouse with body
Pink | Magenta or Gray | Pink or any color
the craft is made
Numbers / Math
> Counting, Sizing, Sorting
*Jan. or Feb.
> Chinese New
Ages 2.5 + to 6
The mouse is an animal that is a favorite among young children. Visit the mouse
for various related activities.
The craft can also be adapted to a gerbil or rat theme.
The rat is one of the twelve animals in the Chinese
therefore, appropriate for Chinese New Year celebrations.
The children will have fun making an easy and fun craft assembled with heart shapes (except the
eyes) and during the process many skills can be addressed.
Many other printable support materials and links to related
activities are provided. Let's get started.
The hearts crafts are appropriate for various holidays: Valentine's Day, Mother's Day,
Father's Day, Grandparent's Day and various pets
theme events celebrations as well.
The craft is available in two color
combinations or black line format to color
in. There is head version only that has a greeting
card option and is ideal for the youngest children.
Activity #1: Hearts Mouse Craft with body Ages 2.5+ (8 pieces)
Tell the children they are going to have fun with activities
related to a wonderful and fun animal, the mouse!
Review your options for printing the craft as well assembly options that best meet your needs.
Before assembly conduct some of the learning activities suggested
Printing and assembly options for the craft:
2. Greeting card templates are smaller than the craft
Option 1: Print color template of your
page template) , cut out,
conduct learning activities below and
Option 2: Print black and white template.
Children can color, paint or decorate first, cut out and proceed
as above. The color of the craft can also match a picture book
Option 3: For Large Groups or to recycle left over
Print black & white template on card stock and use as a master
template. Trace the patterns directly on construction paper,
left-over paper, fun foam to obtain pieces needed in coordinating colors.
Use small plastic wiggly eyes or draw eyes in the head template.
Other decorations and ideas for the craft option:
1. Trace and cut pieces on fun foam, glue plastic wiggly eyes or
draw in with permanent marker
3. Tape a ribbon, string or a piece of magnet to back of head to use as decoration
4. Puppet: Tape the craft to a craft stick, drinking straw
or unsharpened pencil for an instant puppet.
5. Paper whisker templates are included as two rectangle to cut
diagonally and are optional.
Instead of the paper whiskers, these can with yarn or pipe
cleaners. Use a hole punch, make two holes next to the heart nose and insert
two pieces of yarn or pipe cleaners (about 3 inches each) through the front and then
back. Place tape on the back to hold in place.
Learning Activities to conduct before craft
Choose those activities you feel are appropriate on the ages of children.
Shapes & Colors Activity:
1. Ask children to identify the shapes and colors on the
template if using the color template. Ask the children to
identify the colors they've used to color/decorate the template.
To conduct these activities pieces should be decorated and cut out.
1. Sorting & Sizing: Have the children sort the
hearts by color and size (smallest to largest)
2. Counting: Count how many of each size there
are. You may want to write numbers on the blank side to acquaint
the children with printed numbers.
Proceed with craft assembly. Show the small image
provided in the template to help the children see how the finished
craft looks and to aid them in positioning the pieces.
1. Paste ears and nose on the head template.
Optional: Draw or add yarn whiskers
2. Paste the feet (cut out together as one piece).
3. Paste assembled head over body.
4. Optional: Write letter M m and the word mouse in the
body or behind the craft
completing the craft the children can hold their finished craft while
conducting some of the activities below.
Alphabet Activities: Letter G is for Gerbil or Letter Mm Mouse
1. Visit detailed Letter
G Gerbil or Letter
M Mouse printable activities lesson plan printable
activities with animal facts, images
and real sounds of mice.
Book recommendations: There are so many books where a
mouse is a main character. You can never go wrong with Kevin
Henkes delightful mouse characters or Ellen Stoll Walsh books.
Below are links to explore a selection of these books at Amazon.com
and visit your local library.
(Ages 4-8) and other Kevin Henkes books
Paint and Mouse
Count by Ellen Stoll Walsh are wonderful for toddlers
and preschoolers to reinforce color recognition and counting.