Sunday, December 16, 2007

Christmas Mouse

Illustrators love to use mice as characters in their books, and Christmas editions are no exception. Favorites include If You Take a Mouse to the Movies by Laura Joffe Numeroff, Robert's Snow by Grace Lin, and Mouse's First Christmas by Lauren Thompson. Find one that you like and read it with your child. Then, make a Christmas mouse ornament. Cut out a 3"-4" tear drop shape from a piece of construction paper (like red). Then cut out ears and eyes from a contrasting color (like green). Have your child glue the eyes and ears onto the tear drop shape using the pointy end for the nose. Then tape a large candy cane to the back to serve as a tail. Voila! You have an ornament to hang on the tree or give as a gift to grandma.

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