This colorful Mouse Paint Inspired Matching Activity is not only fun and a teaching tool but its also a great way to keep little hands busy and out of trouble when you need a few minutes to prep dinner or while waiting in the doctors office.
I love activities that can be adapted for on the go with littles. And the best part is that we just used items we had on hand in our craft supplies to create it!
Mouse Paint Inspired Color Matching Activity
Mouse Paint by is a fun and colorful book perfect for toddlers and preschoolers written by Ellen Stoll Walsh. It is a simple lesson in colors that follow 3 white mice through a color adventure.
Here is what you will need:
- craft foam, various colors
- craft sticks
- Permanent marker
- glue gun/glue sticks
- optional-google eyes, string
If you have a little who is learning their colors as well write the color on one end of the popsicle stick with a marker or a pen, I use ink pens because they seem to bleed less than a marker does. Writing it in the actual color makes it easier for younger children to match. But if you have an older child you are trying to teach color words too you might want to write all yours in black.
Then, draw a tail from one end of the stick almost down to the color words.
Next fold a piece of craft foam in half and cut a teardrop shape about 3″ by 1 1/2″ wide. The point will be your mouse nose and the wider end his backside. Cut 2 pieces of each color at once so that they match up perfectly.
Run a bead of hot glue on the edge of one, leaving the bottom wide section unglued.
Quickly press the other piece into the hot glue and allow it to cool/set.
Use a permanent marker to draw a nose, ears and eyes on your mouse. You can also add google eyes, and use a piece of yarn glued inside for the tail. But since I intended this for younger children I didn’t want too many small pieces on it.
Hand them to your child put together or as separate pieces and watch the fun begin! Not only do they get a lesson in colors but they are also working on fine motor skills and hand eye coordination as they slip the color mouse onto the stick!
Try this craft after reading Mouse Paint together or anytime you want to work on colors and early literacy skills.
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