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Laura Numeroff: "If You Give A" Book Series

Updated on July 23, 2013

Activities and Lesson Plans for "If You Give A" Book Series

Laura Numeroff's books have made their way into many hearts. The "If You Give A" series will surely make it's way into the classics hall-of-fame for children all over.

With such wonderful books to grow with, there should be great activities and learning opportunities to enhance the experience!

You will find some fun and educational activities here, and hopefully a seed will be planted in your own creative mind to center the activity around your classroom or home!

Have a Concept in Mind

This children's book series teaches cause and effect principles, as well as the concept of consequences, and responsibility. It is difficult for a preschooler or a kindergartener to understand these abstract principles, so lessons that come from these books should be catered to the capabilities of the children in the classroom, or at home.

Keep it simple!

The best way for children to learn is through simple activities that challenge their thinking. When you are planning your lesson plan, remember to stay focused on a specific concept and have that idea be central in all your activity stations.

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Activities for Home

1. Of course, Bake Cookies! (Recipes below)

2. Have your child draw a picture of their family

3. Talk about the responsibilities of taking care of a pet

4. Go on a scavenger hunt for the items the mouse asks for

5. Color a printable coloring page from the book

6. Teach your child how to sign their name with these trace pages

7. Teach them about hygiene with these great printable kits

8. Use a paper bag to make a mouse puppet

9. Play dominoes to help explain cause and effect

10. Find great mouse games for you and your child to play!

Lesson Plans

Concept: Taking Care of a Pet

Fine Motor: Draw a picture. Children can decide to draw a picture of their family, or their pet's family. Provide the medium you want them to use, i.e. crayons, markers, paints, etc.

Gross Motor: Catch and throw a ball. Help your children learn how to catch and throw a ball for their "pet" to get some exercise.

Arts and Crafts: Make a bed for your pet. Have the children bring a small shoebox, old matchbox, paper towel tube, or whatever they choose, to make a little bed for their pretend pet. Have different mediums on hand to help them color it, i.e. paint, markers, crayons, stamps, etc.

Make-believe: Pretend you are an animal. Provide items to help them get into "character," i.e. ear headbands, animal costumes, funny tails, etc.

Movement Activity: Play who stole the cookies from the cookie jar game and play it like duck, duck, goose to get more movement.

Sensory Table: Bubbles! Place items in the soapy bubbles for the children to find. Items that relate to cleaning, i.e. sponge, toothbrush, washcloth, loofah, brush, etc.

Reading Center: The main book will be If You Give a Mouse a Cookie, but provide other books for the children to look through. Books on farms, jungles, the zoo, pets, specific animals, etc.

Pre-math: Count the cookies. Print out some cookies and cut them out. Place them in a cookie jar or doggie dish and have the children count them out loud. Extend this activity to snack time!

Literacy: Print a worksheet for them to color and trace. Make sure the worksheet has to do with pets!

Snack: Cookies and Milk!

What is a Sensory Table?

A sensory table is a great way for children to interact with different textures and items. The best sensory table is one that is see-through and so that the items can be seen from all angles. You can place lots of great items in a sensory table. Water, sand, clay, bubbles, beans, rice, the list goes on!

If You Give a Moose a Muffin

Activities for Home

1. Bake Muffins (Recipes below)

2. Make your own homemade jam

3. Have a race to see who can put on all their outer clothing on the fastest

4. Make sock puppets

5. Have a puppet theater

6. Make a tent out of sheets and blankets

7. Plant a berry bush

8. Color a worksheet or coloring page

9. Make a moose paper bag puppet

10. Create a story book together about moose's adventures

Lesson Plans

Concept: Homemade and Home Grown

Fine Motor: Make a macaroni necklace. All you need is string and macaroni, or other noodles that you can string easily.

Gross Motor: Build a tent. Provide sheets and blankets for them to build a tent. Perhaps it can be part of the scenery for the puppet show! Allow them to crawl throughout it and use all those gross motor muscles!

Arts and Crafts: Make sock puppets. Have the children bring their own socks. You provide the accessories, i.e. buttons, yarn, pom-poms, etc.

Make-believe: Puppet theater. Have a puppet scenery ready-to-use for when they are finished with their puppets. Let them be creative about the theme of the play!

Movement Activity: Sing the song Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes and do all the actions. Emphasize how much they are growing!

Sensory Table: Dirt! Place clean dirt inside the sensory table with fun digging items and things they would need to plant something.

Reading Center: If You Give a Moose a Muffin. Other books to provide at the reading center should include ones that follow your concept. For example: Craft ideas for kids, Do-it yourself books, and throw in some fun books on moose.

Pre-math: Print out and make a memory game

Literacy: Do a fun food worksheet

Snack: Muffins, jam and milk

If You Give a Pig a Pancake

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If You Give a Pig a Party

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If You Take a Mouse to School

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If You Take a Mouse to the Movies

Activities for Home

1. Take your child to the movies

2. Build a snowman

3. String popcorn

4. Make Christmas ornaments

5. Snuggle up on the couch with some hot chocolate

6. Teach them a new Christmas carol

7. Go caroling

8. Go to the fabric store, let them pick out material, make a blanket

9. Make a snow fort and have a snowball fight

10. Make a Holiday treat

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Mouse Cookies & More: A Treasury

This book includes four of the books in the series. 1) If you give a mouse a cookie 2) If you give a pig a pancake 3) If you give a moose a muffin 4) If you take a mouse to school.

It also includes a cd with songs and readings, recipes for cookies, pancakes and muffins, sheet music, games for each book, and more!

My children absolutely love the CD that comes with it. We listen to it all the time in the car! The recipes and activities have been very useful and fun as well!

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