The Virtual Book Club for Kids author this month is Laura Numeroff and we have chosen the book If You Give a Mouse a Cookie. This is a new to us author and one that T and I have enjoyed reading.
If you give a mouse a cookie
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Mouse and Cookie Math Game
As one of the things that we have been working on at home with T is numbers - she can count by rote to 20 but isn't counting out things or connecting the numbers with quantity so using the book for inspiration I came up with a cute DIY math game for toddlers and preschoolers to help with counting and 1 to 1 correspondence.
Give a mouse a cookie game materials
Making your Mouse and Cookies
To make the mouse to give the cookies to for the math game you need to take the grey paper and draw around to make a circle - I used a large can. Once you have a circle cut this out and cut to the centre point from the outside and then wrap to make a cone that will fit over your fingers.
With the grey paper cut out two small semi circles for the ears with a flap that you can use to attach to the mouse's head and then cut two small strips of the grey paper and scissor to form the whiskers.
Stick on the ears and the whiskers to the cone and draw in a pink nose and two eyes and you have a simple fingermouse that you can use in the game.
For the cookies draw 6 rough circle shapes out on a piece of brown paper/card and then cut out. Add in some chocolate chips with the brown pen - if you want to play this game again and again it would be a good idea to laminate the cookies so that they don't get bent easily.
Playing the If you give the mouse a cookie math game
Roll the dice and count out the number dots on the dice - if you have a dice with numbers on instead of dots you could use this as an alternative for number recognition.
Then once your child has the number of dots on the dice count out the number of cookies either giving the mouse each cookie in time or counting all of the cookies and giving them to the mouse all at once.
I took this as an opportunity to introduce some language like "More", "Less" talking about how many more cookies we needed or if T over counted how many less cookies we needed to match the numbers of dots.
To re-enforce the counting I being the mouse counted out my cookies and checked that they matched the number of dots on the dice.