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Little Mouse’s Big Secret

Little Mouse’s Big Secret

Little Mouses Secret

This is one of my favorite fall stories. Unfortunately the illustrations are too small to use in storytime. So I worked up a way to use this story with puppets and a special handmade prop. You can dazzle your kids with this story. Here’s what you’ll need:

Mouse and Apple

Puppets (you can always substitute with what you have):

  • mouse
  • squirrel
  • bird
  • turtle
  • hedgehog
  • bunny
  • frog

Props:

Bouquet Wire

If you buy a bouquet that is made of wire you won’t have to do this step. If you purchase the Ikea bouquet, you’ll need to cut off the bottom of the bouquet and replace it with craft wire for flexibility.

Floral tape bouquet

Wrap it with floral tape.

Feed the bouquet through the mailing tube, keeping the battery end on the bottom to hide in your lap when you tell the story.

You can begin the story with the bouquet hidden in the tube. Each time an animal comes to mouse you can feed the bouquet up a little bit.

By the end of the story, the whole bouquet should be sticking out of the tube. (That’s when you dazzle them by turning on the lights!)

Little Mouse's Secret Tree

And voila! The apple tree. The kids will be astonished!

Mouse's Secret

For more storytime ideas Storytime ABCs, she’s hosting Flannel Friday this week.

Lunch

Lunch

Lunch

I love Denise Fleming’s Lunch for so many reasons. The text is so simple you can read it as is for younger crowds, or elaborate and turn it into a mystery for older crowds. For the older children, I ask them what colored food Mouse could be eating next. “What could Mouse eat that is white?” Potatoes, macaroni, bread. chips, cereal, rice, etc. Here’s a little chart you can use:

Color Food
white cauliflower, tofu, coconut, onion, turnip
orange nectarines, papayas, cantaloupe, mango, carrots
yellow spaghetti, squash, honey, corn, lemongrass, pineapple
green asparagus, avocado, celery, bok choy, broccoli, cucumber, edamame, fennel, honeydew, kale, spinach
blue berries, potatoes
purple eggplant, cabbage, plum, blackberries
pink watermelon, rhubarb, grapefruit
red berries, apple, cherries, cranberries

Mouse and Lunch

I like to pass out the food pieces to each child, and use my lapboard and a Mouse puppet. When the children bring up all the white colored food, Mouse “eats” all the food. (I swipe the pieces using Mouse’s mouth into my lap and they disappear.) The kids laugh aloud and say, “AGAIN” every time.

Here’s a video:

For more flannel ideas check out Miss Meg’s Storytime, or Flannel Friday.

(Fill-in-the-Blank)’s Colorful Day

(Fill-in-the-Blank)’s Colorful Day

These stories are inspired by Read It Again and The Wielded Pen. These stories are variations of Dog’s Colorful Day by Emma Dodd.

Dino's Colorful Day

I’ll be using Dino’s Colorful Day for the Dig Into Reading theme this summer. You can tell the children that brachiosaurus were plant eaters. Choose a color and ask them what kinds of foods the dinosaur could eat that was that color. (I’ve included a list of colored foods below.) Here’s a little rhyme you can use as you place each color on him:

I’m a great big dinosaur
I eat plants, I’m an herbivore.
I love food, but I have none,
So step right up and give me some.

Mouse's Colorful Day

You can cut out Mouse and do a “Lunch by Denise Fleming” type of story using the same colorful circles.

I’m a little mousie, light and furry.
I’m always in such a hurry.
Look at the clock it’s time for lunch.
Now give me something that I can munch.

Bunny's Colorful Day

Or, you can use Bunny’s Colorful Day and use spring flowers. This is a great vocabulary-building exercise.

I’m a little bunny and I love to hop.
When I start, it’s hard to stop.
But when it comes to flowers I like to dwell.
So bring me something that I can smell.

What is Bridget Reading? featured a similar story in last week’s Flannel Friday roundup of I Know a Wee Piggy. For more flannel ideas check out Bridget’s blog or Flannel Friday.

Color Food Plant
red berries, apple, cherries, cranberries barberry, rose, poppy
blue berries, potatoes wild indigo
gray oysters, mushrooms wormwood
yellow spaghetti, squash, honey, corn, lemongrass, pineapple daisy, sunflower, daffodil
pink watermelon, rhubarb, grapefruit magnolia, peony
purple eggplant, cabbage, plum, blackberries violet, lavender, hyacinth
black sesame seeds, beans, seaweed black swan, iris, queen of night tulips
brown whole wheat pasta, toast, almonds sycamore “helicopter” seeds
orange nectarines, papayas, cantaloupe, mango, carrots lion’s tail, aloe, day lily, Chinese lanterns
green asparagus, avocado, celery, bok choy, broccoli, cucumber, edamame, fennel, honeydew, kale, spinach fern, gingko
white cauliflower, tofu, coconut, onion, turnip magnolia, laurel
Theme: Overlay by Kaira