It’s getting to be that time of year when mice are coming indoors for the winter so it seemed like a good time for a mouse storytime (with a good dose of apples).
Dance your fingers up
Dance your fingers down
Dance your fingers to the side
Dance them all around!
Dance them on your shoulders
Dance them on your head
Dance them on your tummy
And put them all to bed!
A New House for Mouse by Petr Horacek. Clever story with cutouts and a rather prominent apple.
Flannelboard: Little Mouse in the House
Mommy where are you? by Leonid Gore. Another story with cutouts and flaps. Lots of participation. One girl guessed that the squirrel was a koala. A super guess!
Action nursery rhyme: Hickory Dickory Dock
Hickory Dickory Dock (Swing arms)
The mouse ran up the clock. (Run fingers up body to top of head)
The clock struck one. (Clap)
The mouse ran down. (Run fingers down body)
Hickory Dickory Dock. (Swing arms)
Clock struck two…Mouse said BOO
Clock struck three… Mouse said Wee
Clock struck four…Mouse said no more!
Little Mouse’s Big Secret by Eric Battut. This is a fairly new book and perfect for fall since it involves an apple tree. Like A New House for Mouse, the children can see what is happening before the main character.
Action Rhyme: Round the Garden
‘Round and ’round the garden (circle finger on child’s palm)
Goes the little mouse, (continue circling)
Up, up, up he creeps, (creep up arm)
Up into his house. (tickle under arm)
A flannel and fingerpuppet telling of Lunch by Denise Fleming.
Mouse was Mad by Linda Urban. A fun story to tell since you get to stomp, yell and also be really really still and quiet.
Movie: Seven Blind Mice by Ed Young
Back up books & flannelboard that weren’t used:
Hickory Dickory Dock by Keith Baker
Mouse Count by Eileen Stoll Walsh
Chinese nursery rhyme: Little Mouse.