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September 1, 2011

"If You Give a Mouse a Cookie" Activities

This week we had fun reading "If You Give a Mouse a Cookie" and "The Best Mouse Cookie" by Laura Numeroff.

Reading this story just wouldn't be complete without teaching the boys how to make their very own batch of chocolate chip cookies. So that's exactly what we did.

Warning: If you put your first batch of cookies in the oven while beginning the bedtime routine, you will in fact cook them about 2 minutes too long. haha! Good thing it was only the first 12 cookies, and these boys definitely had no complaints!!

My kids don't help me out in the kitchen too often so allowing them to measure things out and use the mixer was a HUGE deal to them! They had so much fun, and I quickly learned I need to give them more opportunities to help me out while preparing meals.

A couple weeks ago I saw this fun idea on Pencils, Proverbs, Pandemonium & Pins, to make paper cookies with a number written on them, and then have your child put the correct amount of chocolate chips on it to match the number. I knew it would be perfect to use with Luke to go along with these books.

I decided to laminate my cookies without a number written on them because I wanted to do a couple different activities with them also. After I laminated them, I simply used a dry erase marker to write numbers 1-12 on the cookies and my son counted out the correct amount of chocolate chips to put on the cookies.

Ok, he doesn't look that thrilled in this picture, but this is just his deep concentration look. He really was super excited about this math activity.

After he finished putting the chocolate chips on the cookies, I had him line the cookies up from least to greatest (1-10). I told him he could pick 3 cookies to eat the chocolate chips off of so he liked this part because it helped him figure out which cookies had the most on them.

I also reversed the activity by simply drawing the chocolate chips on the cookies and having him practice counting them to tell me how many were there.

I also let Luke practice drawing his numbers on the cookies himself. Then he put the correct amount of dots on the cookies himself.

This was a fabulous activity for my preschooler. You should for sure go check out  Pencils, Proverbs, Pandemonium & Pins for even more ideas to use with this book. She used this book for her entire homeschool week so she has lots of different ideas.


Sell...Party Of 4 said... Best Blogger Tips

We went and saw this play, and it was fantastic. Love the story.

E @ Act Fast Chef said... Best Blogger Tips

Love the laminated cookie activity! And love that you baked with your kids - such fun!

Smallgood said... Best Blogger Tips

I loved If You Give a Mouse a Cookie as a kid. Like really loved it. I would have been bowled over with the chocolate chip activity. Too fun.

My Oatmeal Kisses said... Best Blogger Tips

Wow! This is so fun! I absolutely love the counting connection! How fun to count with chocolate chips!

Dianne said... Best Blogger Tips

How smart to laminate them and write the number on afterwards so you could use them in reverse. Looks like they had fun with it. Thanks so much for linking to me :)

JDaniel4's Mom said... Best Blogger Tips

The cookies look wonderful. I love the counting activity too.

LeighAnn said... Best Blogger Tips

Hi! Thanks for your sweet comment about our desks! It made my day. Your boys are SO cute! What a fun project. I also love your fish mural.

Brooke @ Let Kids Create said... Best Blogger Tips

What a cute activity! I have a serious chocolate chip cookie lover in my house who would love to do this.

Kristi McInerney said... Best Blogger Tips

I just love hands on learning! Baking and Reading go hand in hand! Hello wonderful mommy have a great weekend!

Big D and Me said... Best Blogger Tips

The cooking with the kids cracked me up because I cringe every time I have the kids help me in the kitchen. I would prefer not to but when we cook muffins, cookies, etc I let them help. I just have to know that one third of the batter will not actually become something other than a big mess on my table

Shauna said... Best Blogger Tips

What a fun blog post. I love all of the great things you did to go with a baking/math theme. You always have such wonderful ideas. Thanks for linking this post to my "All Things Wonderful Link Party" and I hope that you will come back again this week.