Mouse Craft - Oval Shapes
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 > Ovals

Colors > Gray

Holidays & Events >
Jan or Feb > Chinese New Year (Rat)
Apr 4th > World Rat Day






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 or fable.

Activity 1 > Ovals Mouse Craft  Ages 2.5+ (7 pieces)

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.

Printing option 1:  Print color template, cut out and proceed to learning activities below
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 to color.

Other decorations and ideas for the craft option:

  • Collage story > The children can make a collage background that relates to a picture book and glue the mouse to it. Leo Leoni's books are a great example of this art technique.
  • Science and art> color mixing:  When presenting the picture book Mouse Paint, have children practice color mixing to paint their mouse templates in a secondary color > green, purple or orange.
  • Tape a ribbon, string or a piece of magnet to back of head to use as bulleting board decoration or ornament.
  • Puppet > glue to a craft stick, unsharpened pencil or drinking straw for an instant puppet.
  • Use yarn or pipe cleaners to give the mouse whiskers.

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 oval shape 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 ovals 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.  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.
 
Ovals Mouse Craft

(adapt to Gerbil or Rat)


Craft Templates
Color
Black & White

Alphabet Printable Activities

Letter M Mouse

Letter G Gerbil


Letter R Rat

*Glue or glue stick
*any paper or card stock
materials to color with
*scissors

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