Have you ever had a day where everything just snowballed-one thing after another? That’s exactly what happens to the little boy in If You Give a Mouse a Cookie after he strikes up a friendship with a mouse and offers him a cookie. Check out the If You Give a Mouse a Cookie book activities for fun and interactive ways to extend your students’ understanding and enjoyment of this classic and entertaining tale.
If You Give a Mouse a Cookie Book
If You Give a Mouse a Cookie by Laura Numeroff is the perfect combination of silly and sweet and will capture your young readers’ attention easily. Innocently enough, the little mouse requests a glass of milk after he eats a cookie, but then his demands begin piling up and exhausting his new human friend. This story makes a fun whole-group read aloud! Follow up with the literacy-focused activities below.
If You Give a Mouse a Cookie Activities
Materials Needed: White butcher paper, markers, dot stickers
Draw a large cookie on butcher paper. Put letters all over the cookie and then write the matching letters on dot stickers. Have children cover their letters with their corresponding dot letter stickers. This would be fun as a small group activity to review letter names or sounds.
Reader Response Printable
Materials Needed: Printable (free download below) and writing/drawing supplies
Students can draw and/or write a response to the prompt, “If you give me a cookie, then I’ll ask for…” Children will practice individual reader response, writing, and drawing through this exercise.
Cause & Effect
Materials Needed: Printable (free download below), scissors, glue, and coloring supplies
Using the cause & effect printable, have students describe what they see in the pictures. Then, they can cut, color, and glue their responses on the right. You can model your thinking. For example, “When it’s dark outside, I turn on the lamp so I can see better.”
Grab the Printable If You Give a Mouse Cookie Activities
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More If You Give a Mouse a Cookie Activities
We’ve rounded up some of the best If You Give a Mouse a Cookie activities from around the web. Add a few more of these to your week after enjoying the story.
Check Out These Other If You Give a… Books
Extend the learning by reading other Laura Numeroff books in the If You Give a… series.
The Letters of Literacy shares a cute Mouse ABC Match activity that pairs very nicely with If You Give a Mouse a Cookie.
Chocolate Chip Play Dough!? Yes, please! Natural Beach Living shares the recipe along with some playdough maps that prompt children to build a certain number of cookies.
Sequencing and Retelling
Sequence the story, If You Give a Mouse a Cookie, with this sequencing printable activity from Homeschool Preschool.
We all love a good felt board retelling activity. Stir the Wonder shows us how to make the main character from the story.
*Thank you to Katy from Reading Lady Katy for contributing to this post for Growing Book by Book. Katy Klimczuk is a mother of two little ones who lives with her family in the Detroit, Michigan area. She is a former elementary school teacher and literacy specialist who now works remotely as a book curator and blogger sharing her passion for early literacy. Find her on Instagram and Facebook @readingladykaty.