Crafting with Kids — Lift-the-Flap Mouse

We love having crafts available for kids to make after story time.  We especially love it when we can find something that ties in directly with a book we just read!  Many authors and illustrators have websites that are full of craft ideas and extension activities to go along with their various books and characters.

Today’s craft comes from author and illustrator Denise Fleming.  Mouse is the star of the book Lunch and Alphabet Under Construction.  What is so great about this craft, is that you can modify it to fit your theme.  It would be great for a story time about mice, food, building & construction, and (of course) the alphabet.

Here is how you’ll proceed:

  • You’ll first need to visit Denise Fleming’s website and print the Lift-the-Flap Mouse instructions in the activities index.
  • Once you’ve gotten all the pieces printed, cut out the flap that goes over Mouse’s tummy and tape it into place.
  • Then, after the flap is secured, get out colored pencils, crayons, or markers and let your child draw all the foods that Mouse ate in the story.  Talk about what color each food is and ask your child if he or she likes to eat the same food Mouse likes.
  • Finish by coloring Mouse, then encourage your child to retell the story using your new prop!  There are other Mouse activities available on the website as well, like coloring pages and bookmarks, that you can print at home.

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