by Laura Numeroff
Illustrated by Felicia Bond
In If You Take a Mouse to the Movies, Mouse returns for more holiday fun and chaos that includes snacking, snow play, ornament making, and GLITTER! Hilarious fun for occupying young readers during these fidgety days of December.
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If you give young readers a paper plate and some scissors, they are going to make a craft! We took our art inspiration from Mouse himself and created a mouse angel ornament just like the one in the book. Your young readers may choose to make their favorite character, a family member, or even themselves. But whatever they choose, its sure to be a festive addition to your holiday decorating.
Paper Plate Angel Ornament
- 2 paper plates
- Gold pipe cleaner
- Yarn or ribbon (optional)
- Cut one paper plate in half. With on half, form a cone and secure with glue and a staple.
- Cut remaining half of paper plate in half, so you have one quarter of the original plate. Cut this piece in half, so you have two 1/8 wedges. To form the wings, arrange these two piece with the points overlapping and staple to secure.
- Glue the wings to the back of the angel's body.
- On the second paper plate, draw the angel's head with crayons. We drew the mouse from the book, but your young reader can draw him- or herself, a family member, or even a favorite pet! Cut out head and glue to the top of the cone.
- Draw arms on the same paper plate on which the head was drawn and cut out. Glue to the wings for outstretched arms.
- To make a halo, make a small bend on one end of the pipe cleaner to act as a "knot." Thread the other end of the pipe cleaner all the way through the small hole in the top of the cone/body. Bend pipe cleaner about an inch above head and form a round halo shape, and twist end to secure. Trim excess pipe cleaner.
- If desired, attach a length of yarn or ribbon to the back of the angel for hanging.
Related Post: Make coffee filter snowflakes like those Mouse makes to decorate his tree!
If you watch a holiday movie, your young reader will ask you for some popcorn to go with it! This holiday version is light and slightly sweet, with just the right amounts of sugar and spice. Prep time is quick, so its easy to fix before you snuggle up for holiday viewing.
Hot Cocoa Popcorn
Adapted from Wishful Chef's Cocoa and Cinnamon Party Popcorn.
- 4 tablespoons butter, melted
- 2 teaspoons unsweetened cocoa powder
- 2 teaspoons cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- 4 tablespoons canola or vegetable oil
- 1/2 cup popcorn kernels
- In a large bowl, stir together the melted butter, cocoa powder, cinnamon, salt and sugar.
- Place oil and 2 popcorn kernels in a large pot with a lid and place over medium heat. When kernels pop, add remaining popcorn and cover. Shake lidded pot occasionally to prevent burning. Remove from heat when popping begins to slow.
- Add popped popcorn to cocoa mixture and stir until evenly coated.
Just in time for holiday gift shopping, here are some of our favorite Etsy shops that we have featured this year.
Storybook Blocks are perfect gifts for young readers and offers a wide selection of book titles. Not only are these toys fun to build with, they encourage development of language skills, imagination, sequencing, and fine motor skills. Here are just a few of the titles featured:
Kringle Workshops: The name says it all! Beautiful, intricate, enchanting toys that are sure to become heirlooms.
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