Mouse Craft Heart Shape - Valentine's Day
Preschool Lesson Plan Printable Activities

Themes Activities Materials
Alphabet >
Letter G > Gerbil
Letter M > Mouse
Letter R > Rat

Animals
> Mammals > Rodents

Books > Mouse theme

Crafts > Shapes > Hearts

Colors

Holidays & Events >
Jan or Feb > Chinese New Year (Rat)
Feb > Valentine's Day
Apr 4th > World Rat Day
Pets events
The mouse is an animal that is a favorite among young children.  Visit the mouse theme 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 Zodiac, 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 heart shape 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.  

There is head version only has a greeting card option and is ideal for the youngest children.

Activity 1 > Hearts Mouse Craft > 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 or greeting card format as well assembly options that best meet your needs.  Before assembly conduct some of the learning activities suggested below:

Printing and assembly options for the craft:
Option 1: Printcolor template of your choice (one page template)  or greeting card format (two page template), cut out, conduct learning activities below and assemble.  Greeting card template pieces are smaller.
Option 2: Print black and white template.  Children can color, paint or decorate first,  cut out, conduct learning activities.
Option 3: For large groups or to recycle left over materials > print black & white template on card stock and use as a master template. Trace the template pieces directly on construction paper, left-over paper, fun foam in coordinating colors.

Other decorations and ideas for the craft option:
  • Replace the paper whiskers template with yarn or pipe cleaners, about 3" long.
  • Trace and cut pieces on fun foam, use wiggly eyes instead of the eyes template.
  • Tape a ribbon, string or a piece of magnet to back of head to use as decoration or ornament.
  • Puppet:  Glue the craft to a small standard lunch paper bag or to a craft stick for an instant puppet. Decorate the paper bag with additional hearts, buttons, etc.
Activity 2 > Learning activities to conduct before craft assembly:
Choose those activities you feel are appropriate on the ages of children.
  • Shapes & Colors Activity: Ask children to identify the shapes and colors on the template.
  • Numbers/Pre-Math Activities:
    To conduct these activities the templates should be decorated and cut out.
    • Sorting & Sizing:  Have the children sort the hearts by color and size (smallest to largest)
    • 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

After completing the craft the children can hold their finished craft while conducting some of the activities below.

Activity 3 > Alphabet Activities >Review the links to alphabet printable activities in the materials columm for this craft.

Activity 4 > Literacy > Mouse theme picture books recommendations with activities > many of the books are available to read online via YouTube.
Hearts Mouse Craft
(adapt to a Gerbil or Rat)
Templates

Gray/Pink


Pink

Black & White template

Alphabet Printable Activities

Letter M Mouse

Letter G is for Gerbil

Letter R is Rat


Head only
Hearts Mouse Craft &
Greeting Card Option


*Glue or glue stick
*any paper or card stock
materials to color with
*scissors
Optional: yarn or pipe cleaners to create whiskers
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