Christmas Gifts for students

Not A Creature Was Stirring...especially this paper mouse!

I have some cute December stories that involve mice, which my Y5’s enjoy.  I like to follow them up with an activity I know they will enjoy.

Merry Christmas mouse is one that’s easy, quick and fun.  You can also review the oval and heart shapes with your students!

Merry Christmouse, mouse ornament, candy cane mouse ornament, candy cane ornament, Christmas ornaments, Christmas crafts, keepsake ornaments, Here’s How:

  • Run off my master.
  • Gray construction paper looks nice, but if you want to make a cardstock template for children to trace, textured wallpaper that has silver tones looks awesome. I've also experimented with green bodies and red pom pom noses which look cute too.
  • I used metallic silver wallpaper with a hot pink nose in the photograph.
  • Children cut out their body.
  • You can also make a template of the heart and have students cut their own pair of ears, or run off hearts on construction paper and have them cut them out.
  • Depending on the age of your students you could expedite things and have them pre-cut by a room helper.
  • Students fold the point of their heart-ears by bending them forward. This will give their mouse a 3-D appearance. Using a glue stick, glue them to the head of their mouse. I have put X's on the master to assist students with placement.
  • To avoid a mess, and so things stay stuck, I use glue dots for the wiggle eyes and pom pom nose. Whenever I have a glue-dot step, I have students come up to the glue-dot table and I assist them one-on-one.
  • They pick up their wiggle eyes and pom pom nose (you could give them color and size choices) and then stick them to their mouse.
  • You could also cut the slit and have them insert their candy cane at this point.
  • Give them a piece of Scotch tape and have them tape their candy cane in place on the BACK of their mouse.
  • If you want your students to be able to use this as a Christmas ornament, you can make the mouse body smaller.  Simply shrink it on your copier, and use the smaller wiggle eyes and pom poms.
  • I think the large candy canes still look nice, but you could also buy the smaller candy canes.
  • I use bubblegum or cherry flavored candy canes, because in the past whenever we’ve graphed who likes peppermint, I’ve had very few who do.

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Pop back tomorrow and see how to make adorable fingerprint keepsake Christmas Tree Ornaments!