I have had such a positive response for this new series of preschool activities paired with popular children’s books. I want to make it clear to preschool teachers that YES, you can share this with your students and their families. You can send them a link, print out the printables, and send them in the mail, whatever works for you and your students. I usually ask that all materials are only used for classroom use, but our classrooms are now virtual and remote. I know some teachers are reading the book I share on video and then sending the activities to their students. That’s awesome too. These If You Give A Mouse A Cookie activities are some of my favorite. I also use most of these with The Duckling Gets A Cookie by Mo Willems.
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If You Give A Mouse A Cookie by Laura Joffe Numeroff is a contemporary classic, and if you have ever read it to a group of children, you will know why. The story builds as one thing leads to the next when you give in to the whims of a silly little mouse! This is a great book to work on a bunch of skills. The first being prediction. “What do you think will happen next? Can you make a prediction?” As well as the ability of retelling after you are done reading by asking,” What happened next?” these are both really easy and essential tools for early literacy.
Activities for If You Give A Mouse A Cookie
If You Give A Mouse A Cookie Activities with FREE printables
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Cookie Baking Sequence Cards
Print and cut out these photos, then together with your child, decide on which order they go in. What’s the first step for baking cookies? What’s next? Just like the book, one action leads to another.
For this activity, cut the four rhyming cards out and grab some buttons to use as markers. Ask your child to tell you what each item on the card is. Ask if any of the items have names that sound the same. Mark the things that do. Repeat with the remaining cards.
Roll & Cover Chocolate Chip Cookie
For this activity, you will need a die or dice, a tray, something to mark the spots if you have chocolate chips, they would be fun to use, and the printable. Roll the dice and cover the same number of dots as you rolled. Keep going until the whole cookie is covered. For older kiddos, use two dice and have them do some addition. For younger kids, you can take turns rolling to make it go faster.
Cookie Jar Letter Match
Print out the cookie jar and the cookies and cut out. If you have a laminator or sheet protectors, you can use a dry erase marker to write some letters in your jar. If not, just use a pencil as I did. Give your child the cookie and match them up! You can work on matching lowercase to lowercase or write uppercase letters in the jar and work on matching upper to lowercase letters.
For younger kiddos focus on letters that are meaningful for them, like the letters in their names. For older kiddos, you can always try using simple sight words like this.
Write Your Own Cookie Recipe
There are many ways of doing this activity. You can actually bake cookies and write the literal recipe down and have your child draw a picture of the yummy treats, you can ask your child to what they think would go to a real cookie recipe, or you can go full silly silly and write a fantastic recipe with things like rainbows and unicorn glitter. Just have fun writing and drawing together.
Preschool Activities for If You Give A Mouse A Cookie without Printables
Easy Mouse Craft
This craft is easy for young children to make, and you can do it with recycled cereal boxes if you have no heavy paper on hand.
Cookie Match Up
I made these with foam, but plain paper and markers work well too.
Paper Plate Cookie Craft
If you don’t have the supplies for puffy paint, just use regular paint!
Painting with Cookie Cutters
Letter cookie cutters are the best, but you can use anything!
Playdough and Cookie Cutters
I do love these letter cookie cutters but use what you have to explore “making cookies”.
Is it just me, or are these activities making you crave cookies too?
Science and chocolate chip cookies together? Genius!
C is for Cookie – Letter C Cookies.
I can’t promise you won’t gain weight with these activities, but your child will have a lot of fun while they learn.
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