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September 12, 2011

"Mouse Shapes"

I had never heard of this book before but saw it pinned on Pinterest and instantly fell in love with it before even reading it. The pin came from a lovely blog called Little Page Turners. Since I have been reviewing shapes with Luke this past week "Mouse Shapes" by Ellen Stoll Walsh was a perfect book!

It is a cute story about  3 mice who are trying to get away from a cat. They run into a pile of shapes and make all sorts of different things out them, and finally discover they can make big mice with the shapes to scare away the cat.

After reading the book we started by getting out our blocks and making things out of shapes. Mr. Dino Obsessed Luke made himself some dinosaurs with his blocks. He has done this before in the past. Here is his Stegosaurus below.

Here is his really long Tyrannosaurus Rex. He made sure each hand only had two claws and that it had big sharp teeth.

After exploring with the shapes, we used the idea from Little Page Turners to recreate the mice in the story out of shapes.

Luke had to find all the right colors of shapes that were used in the story to make the mice just right and then we glued all the pieces onto paper. They turned out pretty darn cute if you ask me. Haha!

After we were done with the mice, Luke wanted to make the cat in the story. I helped him cut the triangles for the teeth and nose, but he cut everything else out himself and glued it all together himself. I must say I am very frightened of the teeth on that cat!

I also found some fabulous free shape printables HERE. We used the Making Shapes Worksheet to trace the shapes and shape names.

We used the Match the Shapes Worksheet to draw a line between the shapes that are the same.

We also used the Following Directions Worksheet so Luke could practice following directions. It was also great to practice concepts like big, small, largest, smallest, and all. I know this was a big thing Andy did in Kindergarten last year so I want Luke to get some practice.

The last activity we did with shapes this week is play I Spy. We LOVE to play this game at our house. We decided to use our Family Room this time but we took turns saying "I spy a circle (or whatever shape)" and we had to find the correct object in the room. It can get difficult with tons of different shapes in the room so we usually add a little description like "I spy a red circle", etc. I usually get sick of this activity before my kids do, just a warning! hahaha

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Rachel Kaylynn said... Best Blogger Tips

We just started homeschooling today & our 1st theme is shapes...I may have to include this book and some of your ideas :)

Amanda Joy said... Best Blogger Tips

I love how his little cat turned out! Thanks for the link up to those printables, I have been wanting to get some for my kids.

Deceptively Educational said... Best Blogger Tips

Your mice are ADORABLE! How fun!!

Michelle said... Best Blogger Tips

These are too CUTE!!

Tammy said... Best Blogger Tips

I love Cute ideas.

artsy_momma said... Best Blogger Tips

I have never heard of it either... what a cute book and cute craft!

Big D and Me said... Best Blogger Tips

There's another cute book called Mouse Paint which we've read - I'll have to look for this, your animals are adorable

maggy, red ted art said... Best Blogger Tips

The mice are adorable and I LOVE the cat (even with the scary teeth!)

Thank you for linking to Kids Get Crafty :-)


JDaniel4's Mom said... Best Blogger Tips

I am so glad he asked for the cat. It is as cute as the mouse. You block idea is wonderful.

Thank you for linking to Read.Explore.Learn.

Kim @ The Learning Hypothesis said... Best Blogger Tips

My little guys are continuing to work on shapes. This looks great. Putting a pin in it!

Mom to 2 Posh Lil Divas said... Best Blogger Tips

ah, you always have the cutest crafts!!!!

I am saving this for our shape week!!! LOVE it!

Stop by & link up on the Sunday Showcase! I will be sharing on FB too!



Shauna said... Best Blogger Tips

I love this book, and the craft you came up to go with it is so cute! I received your e-mail and I will get that information to you soon.
Thanks for linking this cute post to my "All Things Wonderful Wed. Link Party". I hope that you will come back again this week.
Take care,

Rachel Kaylynn said... Best Blogger Tips

Wanted to follow up that we did end up getting this book from the library and then using our shape stickers to create our own mice and boys loved it! Thanks for sharing the idea!

Steve Welch said... Best Blogger Tips

Shape unit about to start-look forward to littlt shape mice everywhere!