Saturday, August 13, 2011

If Your Give A....

In case you hadn't guessed it from the title of the post, our book of the week was If You Give A Mouse A Cookie. My kids love the If You Give A... books and I love to see the look of anticipation on their faces as I near the end of the book and they can't wait for what's coming.

For the first activity, I cut out black circles for chocolate cookies and glued upper case letters on them. I then glued lower case letters to the brown chocolate chip ones. Peanut had to match the lower case and upper case cookies. Her big brother Petie then had to come along behind her and match his cookies that had pictures on them to their correct beginning sound.

I also cut out some more cookies which I numbered 1-10. Peanut had to count out the right number of chocolate chips onto each cookie. (I was going to take a picture of this in actions, but discovered that The Professor and the kids had eaten ALL the chocolate chips.)

After the mouse gets a glass of milk, he asks for a straw, so she stuck straws in play clay lined up from tallest to shortest.

We did the count and clip cards from Making Learning Fun. You can find them here. This site has a lot of fun activities for this book as well as a few others in the series.

This magnet page is also from Making Learning Fun. Instead of using magnets to cover the dots though, we used mini cookies.

We also read the book If You Give A Pig A Pancake, so naturally, we had to make pancakes.

Here she had to sort items onto the right letter. They either started with "M" like mouse, or "P" like pig.

And for our book cutout to hang on our book wall we made a cookie out of craft foam.

A few other activities that I didn't get pictures of were:
- Reading about pigs and mice from our animal encyclopedia.
- Coloring pages from here and here.
- I also put the numbered cookies in a cookie jar, called out a number and she had to run and bring me back the correct cookie.
- I had also planned to bake cookies together, but that just didn't happen.

A few more links to check out for more ideas using this book:

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  1. I love your cookie match game! I like how you made it perfect for each child. I will definitely be incorporating this for my girls - thanks for the fun idea!

    We are doing this book next week for Back to School so this came at a perfect time. would love for you to come link up to the Sunday Showcase


  2. I absolutely LOVE your ideas! I just wrote the books on my list to get at the library this week. My 4 yr old struggles with his numbers so lots of theses activities are going to be great for him!! Thank you!

  3. Thanks for posting. I was thinking about doing this theme with my daughter in the future.

  4. What a great set of activities for teaching If You Give Your Mouse a Cookie! Sorry that you were out of chocolate chips :(. I'd love to have you add this to my new weekly link up, Pinterest Tuesday.

  5. What a fantastic idea and a great activity! Thank you up to The Sunday Showcase!

  6. What adorable ideas -- and we love the "If you give a....." books too!
    Thanks for your sweet comment on my new learning blog!

  7. I love your cookie numbers. What wonderful acivities you came up with.