Mouse Craft - Oval Shapes
Preschool Lesson Plan Printable Activities
|Themes||Instructions and Suggestions||Materials|
*Letter G > G is for Gerbil
*Letter M > M is for Mouse
Animals > Mammals > Rodents: Gerbil | Mouse | Rat
Books > Mouse theme
Crafts > Ovals Mouse
Colors > Gray
Numbers / Math > Counting, Sizing, Sorting
Shapes > Heart
Holidays & Events >
*Jan. or Feb. > Chinese New Year (Rat)
Ages 2.5 + to 6
The mouse is an animal that is a favorite among young children. Visit the mouse theme for various related activities and pets events.
The children will have fun making an easy and fun craft entirely assembled with oval shapes. During the assembly process many basic skills can be addressed. Let's get started.
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.
Present the craft before or after reading a related picture book, traditional story, nursery rhyme of fable.
Activity #1: Ovals Mouse Craft Ages 2.5+ (7 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 format as well assembly options that best meet your needs. Before assembly conduct some of the basic skills learning activities suggested below:
Printing and assembly options for the craft:
Scissor cutting skills:
Allow children to practice using their scissors as much as possible. Help cut out smaller pieces.
You may substitute paper eyes for plastic wiggly eyes.
Printing option 1: Print color template.
Printing option 2: Print black and white template using color craft paper, card stock or resize construction paper to fit on the printer.
Printing option 3: Print in black and white. Children can color with crayons, or paints.
1. The color of the mouse can match those of a picture book character.
2. Collage story: The children can make a collage background on a separate piece of paper that relates to a picture book and glue the mouse to it. Leo Leoni's books are a great example of this art technique.
3. Science and art> Color Mixing: When presenting the picture book Mouse Paint, Mouse Paint, have children practice color mixing to paint their mouse templates in a secondary color (green, purple or orange). have children practice color mixing to paint their mouse templates in a secondary color (green, purple or orange).
4. Tape a ribbon, string or a piece of magnet to back of head to use as bulleting board decoration or ornament.
5. Puppet: Glue to a craft stick, unsharpened pencil or drinking straw for an instant puppet.
6. Use yarn or pipe cleaners to give the mouse whiskers.
Learning Activities to conduct before craft assembly:
Choose those activities you feel are age appropriate.
Shapes & Colors Activity:
1. Ask children to identify the shapes and color. Ask
children what other things are oval, such as an egg.