For some a mouse can send shivers down the spine. Others will see a picture of one and go awwww! I guess it depends upon your experiences with them. Three of my classes learned about the mouse. I focused on the senses of the mouse and how important it is to them.
Then I translated it to human senses. It was fun to play, what is that sound?, what is that smell? and the hunt for food.
The wily mouse uses all of its senses to survive….. for hearing I hid items and made the sound that they had to identify….. pots banging, change jingling, paper crumbling. It was great to see how excited they all were to guess.
Next, I set up an obstacle course where the kids had to be mice going through the field to get food. They crawled out of their homes through a tunnel, went through the field on a pathway, then over a hill and through a walkway…. all to find food. They had to bring the food back to their home where they started. But! While they did this I was a predator flying around… owl or hawk… I did both.. There were lots of giggles and scurrying mice as I tried to attack.
Finally we did the sense of smell. I had some essential oils and I put them on paper towels for the kids to smell. Peppermint, “It smells like my mommy’s gum!!” Lavender, “smells like soap”, Vinegar, “yuck! ew!”, and orange – most of them got that!
The grand finale of the day was our mouse craft. Each grade level did a different project!!
Here they are:
It was a great time.
Remember to bundle up and get outside!