It’s time for this month’s Virtual Book Club for Kids post, and this month’s author is Ellen Stoll Walsh. Of her many books, the posts this month will focus on one of 3 of her books – Mouse Paint[affiliate link], Mouse Count[affiliate link] and Mouse Shapes [affiliate link]. With T we chose to read and create a fun Maths based activity based on Mouse Count.

Mouse Count by Ellen Stoll Walsh - Number Line and Counting activity

Mouse Count is a lovely book for preschoolers that focuses on counting to 10, and backwards from 10. A hungry snake hunts around for mice (his favourite snack), and counts them up as he finds them.  He puts them in a jar, and then he gets tricked by the mice, and they escape, counting backwards from the last one down to the first one in. We just loved the idea of the snake and the mice and the jar, and decided to create our own whilst retelling the story.

Materials needed for Mouse Count numbers lines and number order

Large Sheets of paper – we used cut off parts from our easel roll.
Brown Paper or Card of different shades for the mice
Pencil
Scissors
Sticky Tape
Marker Pens

Preparation

I set about creating the mice first. On the brown card and paper, I drew out 10 skewed semi-circles. I then added in a half circle for the ear, and drew another ear on the body.

Mouse Count by Ellen Stoll Walsh - Number Line and Counting activity

Then I cut them out. Using the scraps of paper cut thin strips for the tails, I used the blade of the scissors to curl the strips, like you would if you were making ribbon curls. Paper curls just as well as ribbon and it’s great for making things like tails.

Mouse Count by Ellen Stoll Walsh - Number Line and Counting activity

Stick on the tails to the back of the mice and then colour in a pink nose.  Outline the mouse with a black marker, add on 2 eyes.

Mouse Count by Ellen Stoll Walsh - Number Line and Counting activity

 

Mouse Count by Ellen Stoll Walsh - Number Line and Counting activity

Number each of the mice with a number 1 – 10

Mouse Count by Ellen Stoll Walsh - Number Line and Counting activity

On a large piece of paper draw a long snake.  Divide it up so that there are 10 sections to the body, and number these 1 to 10.

Mouse Count by Ellen Stoll Walsh - Number Line and Counting activity

On another piece of paper draw a large jar shape that the mice can be put into.

Number Line Match

T is at the stage of starting to recognize numbers. She can find 9 and 8 as well as 1, but then gets lost with the other numbers so using our snake number line, I reviewed the numbers along the body with her first, and then set out the mice in a random order around the snake.

Mouse Count by Ellen Stoll Walsh - Number Line and Counting activity

With the mice around the snake she picked up a mouse and “guessed” the number on it. Once we had the number correct she then matched it to the number on the body – as you can see I wrote the numbers in pencil which allows me to vary the order, or remove the numbers completely as she becomes more familiar with reading numbers.

Mouse Count by Ellen Stoll Walsh - Number Line and Counting activity

We continued matching the numbers and placing them on the body in order, reviewing what the number was, and counting the numbers so that she knew which ones were missing.

Mouse Count by Ellen Stoll Walsh - Number Line and Counting activity

Number Order

Using the big jar picture, I laid the numbered mice around the jar and said we were going to put the mice into the jar in the same order that the snake had put them in.

Mouse Count by Ellen Stoll Walsh - Number Line and Counting activity

Reviewing the book, she noted that that meant from 1 to 10, and she asked whether we would be taking them out in order of 10 to 1, the way the mice escaped from the jar as well.

Mouse Count by Ellen Stoll Walsh - Number Line and Counting activity

With the mice in a random order, she hunted for number 1.  She added it to the jar and followed it with the other numbers in order. She needed prompts for some of the numbers but this was a fantastic way to review and learn how to read the numbers.

Mouse Count by Ellen Stoll Walsh - Number Line and Counting activity

Once all the mice were in the jar,  she then took them out, counting back from 10 to 1.

Mouse Count by Ellen Stoll Walsh - Number Line and Counting activity

To extend this activity, I am going to change it up and shout out a number. She’ll have to find the numbered mouse and add it to the jar until all the mice are in. We can then either take the mice out in order from 10 – 1 or 1 – 10 or continue calling out random numbers for her to find.

Virtual Book Club for Kids – Ellen Stoll Walsh.

Join us this month, creating, connecting and learning with Ellen Stoll Walsh books; Mouse Paint[affiliate link], Mouse Count [affiliate link], Mouse Shapes[affiliate link].

If you want to find out more about the Virtual Book Club and see the remaining authors for this academic year then check out our Introduction to the Virtual Book Club for Kids 2014- 2015 post.

Check out the fabulous posts which bring the 3 books above alive for kids with crafts, play and learning.

 
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Mouse Count by Ellen Stoll Walsh - Number Line and Counting activity

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Cerys Parker

Cerys is a marine biologist, environmental educator, high school teacher and mum. Realising that life doesn't have to be put on hold and you don't just have to survive whilst the kids are young she shares ideas to inspire you to LIVE with the kids, with activities to do together, recipes to cook and enjoy and family travel to make memories to last a lifetime.

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