It is fall and beginning to get chilly. Little Mouse decides to start looking for a warm, cozy home.
Your little guys will love this story with its surprise ending. Collect your materials, gather up the kids and get ready for a fun activity, creative storytelling and giggles galore.
(This adapted version of the classic mouse-in-search-of-a-house tale includes some props so kids can make their own scripts, stories and characters to share with friends and family.)
Orange construction paper (8 1/2 X 11 inches) folded
Small piece of green paper (no larger than 3 X 5 inches)
CLICK HERE to download the FREE patterns and script (Cut out Little Mouse and 3 or 4 characters.)
FOLLOW THE SCRIPT BELOW TO TELL THE STORY
SAY: Once upon a time there was little mouse who lived outside, in fact he lived right outside our classroom.DO: Stand Little Mouse on a desk.
SAY: It was fall and it was beginning to get cold. Little Mouse decided to start looking for a warm, cozy home. He crept into our room and spotted an orange shape on the table. It looked just like this.
DO: Hold up the folded orange paper.
SAY: Little Mouse had an idea. He nibbled at the edges until he had a nice little, rounded house shape.DO: With the folded end pointed down cut the top two corners (not the folded end) so they are rounded.
SAY: It was just right. Then Little Mouse had an idea. He nibbled a little hole in the shape so he could get inside.DO: Cut a small rounded hole on the folded edge just big enough for Little Mouse’s door.
SAY: Little Mouse tried it out. (Cut it larger if Mouse does not fit.) It was just right. Then Little Mouse had an idea. He realized that some of his friends would be too big to fit in his door so he nibbled a bigger ‘friend-sized’ door.
DO: Cut a ‘friend-sized’ door.
SAY: Little Mouse tried it out. (Cut it larger if friends do not fit.) It was just right. Then Little Mouse had an idea. He noticed how dark it was inside so he nibbled a window to let the light in.
DO: Fold the shape and cut a small square, rectangle or circle shape.
SAY: Little Mouse peeked through the window. It was just right. Then Little Mouse had an idea. He spotted a small green shape and he nibbled at the edges until he had a little bush for the outside of his home.
DO: Cut a small rectangle from the folded green paper, apply glue and slip it inside the folded shape.
SAY: It was just right. Little Mouse was so proud of his home when it was done he decided to have a party. He invited all his friends.SAY: The day of the party arrived and Little Mouse opened his warm, cozy home to all his friends and it was just right.
DO: Open up the pattern to reveal the jack-o-lantern.
DO: Before children create their own story have them share ideas. Suggest creating stories using their favorite storybook characters, historical figures, curriculum topics.
. who would you invite to your party
. what kind of food would you have
. would you play games
ACTIVITY FOR YOUR KIDS: Your students will love making up their own Little Mouse and Friends stories and sharing them with family and friends. The free printable has a script plus Little Mouse and some characters ready to cut out. Duplicate the printable. Talk about story ideas and encourage children to make up their own stories and plays.
CLICK HERE to download the free printable script and character cutouts.