Tuesday, 13 October 2015

Mouse Mess

In Mouse Mess by Linnea Riley, an adorable little mouse wakes up when the family heads off to bed and gets into all kinds of goodies.  When he looks around, "he can't believe the mess he's found"!  The children adore the little mouse and his antics and how he thinks that the people left all the mess.  He quietly slips off to bed as the family heads down the stairs in the morning.  Because of the all the food fun in this book, I used it as a tie-in for Thanksgiving.

Mouse pop, pop, pops off the tops of several bottles including ketchup... we made ketchup hand prints to get in on the messy fun.

Print these sequence cards to use with the story.  If you print two copies, they can be used to create a matching or memory game.

Mouse gets into a lot of different foods which is a good introduction to food groups.  Print this food group sorting/matching game for the children to play.

Hungry Mouse
Hungry Mouse
Sneaking in the house
What do you want to eat?

Have children pick a sequence card to choose a food item from the story.

Hungry Mouse
Sneaking in the house
Did you enjoy your treat?

I think mice
are rather nice.
Their tails are long.
Their faces small.
They haven't any
chins at all.
Their ears are pink.
Their teeth are white.
They run about
the house at night.
They nibble things
they shouldn't touch.
And no one seems
to like them much.
But I think mice
are nice.
~Rose Fyleman~

As a new take on the handprint turkey, we used this craft to create a picture frame.  I took a group picture and printed the words "I am thankful for my friends" across the top.  The children stamped their handprint turkey on the page and we cute out a rectangle to fit the photo.  When dry, they decorated it with foam shapes and glued a back page to the craft.  This was a big hit with my crew - they loved having a photo with them and all their friends to take home.

Happy Thanksgiving!


  1. Learning through playing is what the children like most. This kind of memory games help them lot to learn naturally and simultaneously syncing with nature.

  2. Rhymes are very good way to memorize thing that helps the children to learn things naturally. A very innovative idea you shared.