If you Give a Mouse a CookieIf you Give a Mouse a Cookie is a circular story that tells about a boy who regrettably shares a cookie with a pesky mouse. The mouse begins to ask for milk, a straw, a mirror (to check for a milk mustache), scissors for a whisker trim... and on, and on, and on.
The "If you Give a" series of books provide an opportunity to introduce children to the structure of circular stories. Circular stories begin and end in the same way. Children may be able to make a connection to a plant cycle, seasons, or other cyclical event when they read circular stories. When children are able to read a lot of these types of stories, it helps them make predictions and comprehend the meaning of the story.
Other Circular Stories in the "If you Give a..." SeriesIf you Give a Moose a Muffin
If you Give a Pig a Pancake
If you Give a Dog a Donut
If you Give a Cat a Cupcake
If you Take a Mouse to the Movies
If you Take a Mouse to School
Book Activities for If you Give a Mouse a CookieAfter reading "If you Give a Mouse a Cookie" make a mouse puppet with your preschooler. You'll need a paper bag. Fold it under before beginning the project so that it looks like this:
Cut out shapes or allow your preschooler to help cut. Glue on to make a mouse face.
Allow your child to create their own circular retelling with items from around the house. Begin with a common household item such as a crayon. Ask your child, "If you give a mouse a crayon, what will he want to go with it?" Go around the house collecting items. If you can, help your child make the story cycle back to the starting point.
Cookie Game for If you Give a Mouse a CookieThe familiar rhyme, "Who took the cookie from the cookie jar?" is fun to add to this story.
Who stole the cookies from the cookie jar?
Logan stole the cookies from the cookie jar.
Have kids stand in a circle while they say the chant. When you ask "Then who?" have the last person toss a ball to the next person and say his/ her name.
Cookie Taste Test for If you Give a Mouse a Cookie
Provide kids with three different types of cookies. Let the children taste the cookies. Create a graph to show the favorite cookies.
You can find more book activities for Laura Numeroff books on these blogs:
Toddler Approved- The Educators’ Spin On It- Rainy Day Mum- 3 Dinosaurs-Learn~Play~Imagine – Crafty Moms Share – Reading Confetti- Inspiration Laboratories – Mom to 2 Posh Lil Divas – Kids Yoga Stories – Ready-Set-Read - PlayDrMom – Fantastic Fun and Learning – Growing Book by Book- Royal Baloo – The Outlaw Mom® Blog – Kitchen Counter Chronicles – Teach Preschool – Mama Smiles – Coffee Cups and Crayons – Juggling With Kids– Here Come the Girls-
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