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if you give a moose a muffin preschool activities

Updated on February 4, 2013

If You Give a Moose a Muffin

Author: Carolyn Lash

Grade Level: Pre-K

Language & Literacy Activities by Standard:

LD1d Listens to stories read aloud and shows understanding through body language or by interacting appropriately (LLA1)


If You Give a Moose a Muffin

Activity: Read the story together. Encourage students to talk about the story content and pictures.

LD2c Recognizes the same beginning sounds in different words (alliteration) (LLA3)

LD5g Identifies some individual letters of the alphabet (LLC3)


Coat hanger


Magazines/old books/printed pictures

Construction paper

Glue sticks



Hole punch

Activity: Create a mobile with letter M pictures. Write a capital and lowercase “M, m” on construction paper and cut so that it fits in the center of the hanger. Use hole punch and yarn to “sew” it into place. Encourage students to look through magazines, old books (great way to recycle books with missing pages), or predetermined printed pictures. Students can cut out pictures of objects that begin with “m” and paste them onto cut pieces of construction paper. Use the hole punch to put a hole at the top of each image and tie it onto the hanger with yarn.

Math Activities by Standard:

MD1c Counts objects using one-to-one correspondence (MTB1)


Muffin tins (6, 12, 18, 24 cups)

Beans (caution: choking hazard)

Activity: Students can practice counting by dropping a bean in each of the muffin tins. Use 6, 12, 18, or 24 cup tins depending on the student’s skill level. Start out using the tin that is within the student’s comfort zone, and then challenge him/her with the next size up.

MD1f Begins to identify ordinal numbers (MTB1)

MT1j Begins to recognize numbers (MTB1)


Printed numerals on cardstock (1-24)

Muffin tins (6, 12, 18, 24 cups)

Activity: Encourage students to place printed numeral cards in correct order, inside muffin tins.

MD1b Arranges sets of objects in one-to-one correspondence (MTB1)

MD1g Associates numeral name with sets of objects (MTB1)


Printed numerals on cardstock (1-24)

Muffin tins (6, 12, 18, 24 cups)

Activity: Place printed numeral cards inside the muffin tins in random order. Encourage students to place the corresponding number of beans in the tin with the number.

MD1c Counts objects using one-to-one correspondence (MTB1)

MD1i Begins to understand the concept of estimation (MTA1)


Beans (caution: choking hazard)

Muffin tin

Activity: Place a handful of beans inside one of the muffin tins. Have the students estimate how many beans are in the tin. Count them together.

MD3a Matches like objects (MTC1)

MD3b Sorts objects using one characteristic (MTC1)


Card stock in a variety of colors

Buttons or other manipulative in a variety of color (same as card stock)

Activity: Place colored card stock in muffin tins and have students match the buttons to the color of card stock by placing red buttons in the tin with red card stock, blue buttons in the tin with blue card stock, and so on.

MD3f Participates in creating and using real and pictorial graphs or other simple representations of data. (MTC1)


Chart paper


Activity: Ahead of time, on chart paper, create a graph for students to indicate their favorite type of muffin. Be sure to list the more common ones: blueberry, chocolate chip, banana nut, etc. Have students write their name in the column corresponding to the their favorite muffin. Count the results together. Which muffin is liked by most of the class? Which muffin is liked by the least amount of people?

MD5e Measures the volume of objects using nonstandard or standard measures (MTE2)

SD1b Uses senses to observe and learn about objects (SSA1)

SD1c Uses language to describe observation (SSA1)

HPD3b Participates in activities related to nutrition (PDHC2)


Muffin recipe/Muffin mix

Ingredients as needed for recipe/mix

Muffin pan

Muffin cup liners

Mixing bowl

Mixing spoon

Measuring cups and spoons

Activity: Make muffins! Follow instructions in your favorite recipe or buy a simple muffin mix (some are as easy as adding water)! Mix the ingredients together, allowing students to use measuring tools and do the stirring and scooping. Place a liner in each muffin cup, scoop the mix into the muffin cups, bake according to recipe or packaged mix directions, and ENJOY a yummy snack together!!! Encourage conversation during the making, baking, and tasting of these muffins. Students will be using most of their senses throughout this lesson. (Caution: Be sure to check for food allergies!!!)

Art Activities by Content Standard

CD1b Uses materials to create original work and for self-expression (AA3)

CD3a Participates in dramatic play to express feelings, dramatize stories, reenact real-life roles and experiences (AA2)

CD3b Recreates a story or poem through drama (AA2)

LD5f Dramatizes, tells and retells poems and stories (LLC4)

LD5i Becomes increasingly familiar with the structure of stories (characters, events, plot, resolution of story) (LLC4)


Old socks

Fabric remnants

Felt pieces



Fabric glue (caution: supervise carefully)

Activity: Create sock puppets to tell and retell stories. Students will create their own sock puppets, just like in the story. When the puppets are all done, encourage students to use the puppets to create their own stories or retell some familiar stories.

If You Give a Moose a Muffin

If You Give a Moose a Muffin


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      prekcarolyn 5 years ago from Georgia

      Glad you liked it!