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Make Your Own At-Home Storytime Kit: Little Mouse, Little Mouse

Written by published on Tue, 04/28/2015 - 11:23am

The game “Little Mouse, Little Mouse” is a storytime favorite at Miller Park Library and is a great way to promote rhyming and color recognition.  There are many versions of this game, and I found this particular one on an outside blog.

6 different colored houses and 1 mouse

To play at home, you will need to make a mouse and several different colored houses.  You can create your own, but don't forget about free mouse and house coloring pages from websites like DLTK's.

Once everything is ready, set out the houses and secretly hide the mouse under one of them.  Then have your child try to find the mouse by saying “Little mouse, little mouse, are you in the (color) house?”.  Keep going until your child finds the mouse (which is always very exciting) and then play again or switch roles.

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  • January 8th is National Bubble Bath Day! Celebrate by reading about the rollicking adventures of a boy and his bathtub in “The Green Bath” written by Margaret Mahy and illustrated by Steven Kellogg.  Bath time will never be the same!  Recommended for ages 4 and up.

  • In “Each Kindness”, award winning author Jacqueline Woodson and amazing illustrator E.B. Lewis have made a wonderful book about how treating people with kindness can help everyone. Maya is a new student and different from her other classmates with her hand-me-down clothes and old- fashioned toys.  Maya wants to make friends with Chloe and her gang of friends, but they reject her. Their teacher gives a lesson on simple kindness and Chloe realizes the opportunity for friendship that was missed, and how much better it would have been if she had been kind. 

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CDC Family Health

Great tips to help families be healthier, safer, and stronger.

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Facts for Families

Read about emotional and behavioral issues affecting children, teenagers, and their families.

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Family Education

Practical guidance and specific age information on parenting.

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Hand in Hand Parenting

Provides help and support to parents to nurture their connection with their children.

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Hoagies Gifted Resources

The Hoagies website is “all things gifted” for parents, teachers, and kids of all ages.

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Internet Resources for Special Children

Links to a wide variety of information on the needs of children with disabilities.

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Find games, activities, and information on Internet safety for kids, teens, and parents.

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Resources for Gifted Children

View information and resources for teachers and parents of gifted children.

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