Activities, Story & Craft Activities

M is for Mouse – Craft and Story Activity

I have to thank our local Children’s Museum for our story and craft idea yesterday!

M is for Mouse - Craft & Story Activity from Jaime's Book Corner

We made a mouse out of the Letter M. How cute, right?

I immediately thought of our fun book There’s a mouse about the house! and knew Ava and I would read it before nap time at home.

This was our first read-through and it really is a fun book! It’s interactive, allowing children to move the mouse through the book along with the story of the mouse trying to find some dinner. Ava is almost 2 years old, so I did help her with the mouse some, but she certainly understood the concept.

As is the case with many of our Usborne & Kane Miller books, I imagine you won’t be too surprised to find that There’s a mouse about the house! has some educational perks too. Moving the mouse teaches fine motor skills, the dotted lines to follow help encourage early writing skills, and the mouse always moves from left to reach, an important thing to learn with early reading skills. This book also helps children learn to turn one page at a time.  If they turn a few pages at once, the mouse won’t be there.

Here’s our mouse that we brought home. Ava is starting to get better with crafts that involve glue, but any tips for teaching kids to use scissors? That’s definitely new for us!

M is for Mouse - Craft and Story Activity from Jaime's Book Corner

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This is one of the newer additions to our home library. Although Ava is probably just a little young for it still, she definitely loves it already! We just sit with her until she’s a little more gentle, we don’t want any ripped gorilla arms around here.

The beautiful illustrations in our Peek Inside series include cutouts, peek-throughs, and flaps for children to interact with as you read. The flaps are sturdy and each page is packed full of information, making learning about the animals so much fun for little ones. Peek under leaves and behind doors to find noisy parrots, cheeky monkeys, very tall giraffes and lots more.

You can also Peek Inside animal homes, a tree, dinosaurs, nighttime, space, the farm, garden, the jungle, and the sea! We also offer our beautiful Peek Inside Fairy Tales for just a few dollars more – Beauty & the Beast, Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Sleeping Beauty and coming soon – Snow White & the Seven Dwarfs, and the Nutcracker.

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All Better!

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This is one of UBAM’s most-loved books by children everywhere and I am so happy we finally added it to our home library!

The story is short and sweet – Dog hurt his foot, Sheep scratched her tummy and Bear sat on a splinter! What will make everything all better? Clean it, kiss it and put a bandage on it! Young readers delight in the five animal friends’ misadventures and are eager to help make things “all better” with the five reusable and repositionable stickers.

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All Better! also teaches children compassion and kindness.We offer Little Bear Needs Glasses as well, which teaches children about being helpful and coming later this year, Kisses, Cuddles, and Good Night.

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