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Children's Craft: Mouse Race

Updated on July 19, 2014
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As a teacher at all levels and mother of five children, Bronwen has been interested in a variety of crafts for both children and adults.

Figure 1. The Egg Carton
Figure 1. The Egg Carton | Source

A Simple Craft for Kids

Looking for something for the kids to do on a rainy day? This may be your answer.

  • The mice are easy to make, although they do need adult supervision, especially if you are using a scalpel in one part of the process.
  • The materials needed are easy to find, too, as they should be readily available in most family homes.

Have fun making the mice and then enjoy racing them when they are finished.

Materials You Will Need

  1. An empty egg carton
  2. A small piece of card
  3. A pair of scissors
  4. A scalpel or pointy scissors
  5. A pencil
  6. A felt-tip pen or crayons
  7. A marble for each child
  8. A tray with a flat surface

Step 1: Cut Out the Mice

  • Open out an egg carton made from compressed paper, cut off the closure side and discard.
  • Cut off the lid and put it aside.
  • Cut off individual egg containers, or cups, one for each child (see Figure 1).


  1. If the egg carton is stiff, you may need to help.
  2. Kitchen scissors are good for this step.
  3. If the kids are making their own mice, it may be safest for them to use a pair of scissors that have rounded ends.

Figure 2: The Cups and Marbles
Figure 2: The Cups and Marbles | Source

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Step 2: Smooth the Base

Smooth the base of each cup. This may need to be done with a pair of scissors (Figure 2).

Hint: Make sure that the upturned cup will sit flat on the tray.

Figure 3: The Ears
Figure 3: The Ears | Source

Step 3: Make the Ears

  • Using the pencil, draw two ears on the piece of card (see Figure 3).
  • Make two ears for each mouse.


  1. To save time if you are doing it, fold the card over and cut two ears at a time.
  2. If the kids are doing it, they can each cut their own.

Figure 4: Adding the Ears
Figure 4: Adding the Ears | Source

Step 4: Add the Ears

The ears can be coloured pink on the front and grey on the back if desired.

  • Make slits in the cup with the scalpel or a sharp kitchen knife.
  • Push in the ears with the pink side facing the front.

Hint: This step will need supervision because of the sharp implements being used; if the kids are young it would be best to do it yourself.

Figure 5. Drawing the Face
Figure 5. Drawing the Face | Source

Step 5: Draw the Face

Using the felt-tip pen or crayon draw the mouse's face (see Figure 5):

  • Draw the nose.
  • Add the whiskers.
  • Add the eyes.


  1. The shape of the eyes can be varied, e.g. open, closed, with/without lashes, to help to identify each child's mouse.
  2. If desired, the 'mouse' can be painted brown or another colour, but do this before adding the facial features.

Figure 6. Set Up the Tray
Figure 6. Set Up the Tray | Source

Step Six: Set Up the Tray

On a firm surface, set up the tray, using the egg carton lid to make the slope (see Figure 6).

Place the mice at the top of the slope.

Hint: The further towards the centre of the tray that you place the egg carton lid, the more the slope will be, and so the faster the mice will run. The position shown is usually sufficient.

Figure 7. Wheee! The Mouse Race.
Figure 7. Wheee! The Mouse Race. | Source

What About the Tails?

This was a great game. Actually, we got so enthusiastic about finishing our mice so that we could race them that we forgot to give them any tails until one of the children asked, "What about the tails?"

Tails could easily be added:

  • Make a small hole in the back of each mouse
  • Thread a short length of wool or string through the hole.
  • Tie a knot on the end inside the mouse.
  • Add a dab of glue to hold the tail in place if needed.

Hint: To keep the race fair the tails should be the same length and weight.

Step 7: The Race

  • While holding each mouse still, gently place a marble under each one.
  • Line them up for the race.
  • Ready, Set, GO!

Tap the tray gently and the mice will begin to run down the slope - wheee!!!

The first to reach the bottom is the winner (Figure 7).


The marbles need to be the same size and weight if the race is to be fair!


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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 2 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      mary615: I hope you have the opportunity to try this with your granddaughter and have lots of fun together.

      tillsontitan: Well, we already had the tray. So glad you enjoyed it. Thank you for your votes, too.

      peachpurple: Yes, the materials are close at hand. The 'mice' would probably look better if they were painted, but then it would take longer to do and sometimes to reach the stage of actually being able to play the game is the aim.

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      peachy 2 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      Cute mouse crafts you had made, i have a lot of egg paper trays

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      Mary Craig 2 years ago from New York

      What a great idea and so simple and inexpensive, well actually no money at all except for the tray! Your photos certainly make it easier yet.

      Voted up, useful, and interesting.

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      Mary Hyatt 2 years ago from Florida

      I have a four year old granddaughter I'll bet would just love this cute game. Love your detailed instructions and photos!

      Voted UP, etc. and shared.

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 3 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      tirelesstraveller: Great! So glad it's helpful.

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      Judy Specht 3 years ago from California

      I can do this. Been looking for stuff H.J. would like. Thanks!

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 3 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      Eiddwen: Lovely, Eddy. I hope they have lots of fun with this one.

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      Eiddwen 3 years ago from Wales

      Brilliant Blossom and this one I am certainly saving for that rainy day with the grandkids.


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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 3 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      Faith Reaper: It is fun - for one and all. It's raining here, too, but then that's what we expect in winter and we're blessed with a clear sky and sunshine (even if there's a cold wind) every now and then. Thank you for your votes and God bless you, my hub-friend.

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Oh, how cute and fun! I know my grands will just love this next time they are up ... so creative and looks like loads of fun.

      Your instructions and photos are great too. Thank you for sharing the great activity for rainy days, especially. We have been having a lot of rain lately : )

      Voted up +++ tweeting and pinning

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 3 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      Bluebird: Thank you. Apart from the cartons being a bit stiff for small hands to cut, it is easy.

      teaches12345: That's one of the good things, there's usually nothing to buy, but it's a good fun activity. Thank you for liking my photos.

      midget38: Yes, the adults can enjoy doing it along with the children. Thank you for your comments.

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      Michelle Liew 3 years ago from Singapore

      This is a creative activity that everyone will enjoy doing!

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      Dianna Mendez 3 years ago

      This looks like a fun game and I have all the materials to make it. I love your photo examples, it draws the reader's attention to all the fun.

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      bluebird 3 years ago

      Very cute and looks easy enough. Good post!

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 3 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      LeslieAdrienne: Lovely! I'm glad that you like it (both times!), and thank you for sharing it that way, too.

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      Leslie A. Shields 3 years ago from Georgia

      This is very nice... I am pinning it. Thanks for sharing....

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      Leslie A. Shields 3 years ago from Georgia

      I am pinning this to one of my boards.... Thanks for the share....

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 3 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      WillStarr: Oh, I remember those tin telephones, they were fun! I wonder if any children today make such things. I guess they'd be far more sophisticated, but we did enjoy creating things.

      manatita44: Thank you for your lovely comments. I hope you have found someone, it's great to be able to share the enjoyment.

      Frank Atanacio: We were created in our Maker's image and made to create, it's fun to remember childhood interests and enjoy them all over again. Maybe I'm just having a 'second childhood'!

      always exploring: Oh, that's great! I do hope they enjoy it. Thank you for your comments, too.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 3 years ago from Southern Illinois

      This is the cutest little craft. I love it. I know my grandchildren will love doing this. Thank you so much for sharing...

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      Frank Atanacio 3 years ago from Shelton

      ill tell you blossoms, I think children of all ages will enjoy this thank you for sharing.. :)

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      manatita44 3 years ago from london

      Sweet, innocent and very you in a positive way. It shows your humble and childlike spirit. I need someone to send this too. Let's see, perhaps I'll figure it out.

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      WillStarr 3 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      I love this kind of creative stuff, because it reminds me of the days when we made our own fun (with a little help from a friendly adult!), like tin can telephones!

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 3 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      MsDora: It works well, especially if the surface they race on is not on too much of an angle - and the longer the better! Thank you for your remark about the tails, but I guess they'd make them look more like mice.

      Jackie Lynnley: Your kittens would probably love it, although the marbles might be a problem if they tried to eat them! Thank you for your comments.

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      Jackie Lynnley 3 years ago from The Beautiful South

      What fun. I have no kids but I just got two little kittens I bet would love this! Up and shared.

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      Dora Weithers 3 years ago from The Caribbean

      Quite creative. I can imagine what the race looks like when the marbles begin to roll. I wouldn't bother with the tails either. Thank for for sharing this fund idea.