*Letter G > G
is for Gerbil
M > M is for Mouse
> Mammals >
Rodents: Gerbil | Mouse
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
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
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
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
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, 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
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
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.
To conduct these activities pieces should be decorated and cut out.
1. Sorting & Sizing: Have the children sort the ovals
by size (smallest to largest)
2. Counting: Count how many ovals of each size there
are. You may want to write numbers on the blank side to acquaint
the children with printed numbers. In this activity you may want
to also count the nose.
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.
Letter Mm Mouse
1. Visit detailed Letter
M Mouse activities printable materials and learn
interesting mouse facts.
Picture Book activities and recommendations:
There are so many great picture books where a
mouse is a main character. You can never go wrong with the delightful mouse characters
Henkes Ellen Stoll Walsh or Leo Leoni books. Here is
information and related activities:
Kevin Henkes Chrysanthemum
Lionni's Mice: Frederick and more
Ellen Stoll Walsh's:
Paint and Mouse
Ovals Mouse Craft
(adapt to Gerbil or Rat)
printable activities for:
Letter G Gerbil
Letter M Mouse
*Glue or glue stick
*any paper or card stock
materials to color with
Optional: yarn or pipe cleaners to create whiskers