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The Library's Early Literacy Program

The Library's Early Literacy Program

For Toddlers

A Talk & Read Activity for Toddlers

Mouse's House

Talk & Read Explore lots of words with your child.


Mouse's House

Mouse's House is a fun guessing game. Draw a mouse shape on a piece of paper and cut it out. Cut rectangles of four to six different colors, just large enough to cover the mouse. Hide the mouse under one of the rectangles and ask, "Which house is the mouse in?" Let your child point to a rectangle to guess. Name the color they point to and say, "Little mouse, little mouse, are you in the ____ house?" Flip over the appropriate rectangle and keep guessing until you find the mouse. What a fun way to explore colors!


Hickory Dickory Dock

Hickory Dickory Dock,
The mouse ran up the clock. (Walk two fingers up baby's arm)
The clock struck one; (Kiss baby on the nose)
The mouse ran down. (Run two fingers back down baby's arm)
Hickory dickory dock.


Click the book jackets to find these books and more at the Library.

Find these books at

  • Mouse Paint
  • Mouse Paint by Ellen Stoll Walsh
  • Redbird: Colors, Colors, Everywhere!
  • Redbird: Colors, Colors, Everywhere! by Barney Saltzberg
  • Two Mice
  • Two Mice by Sergio Ruzzier


Friday, October 28

  • 10 a.m., Storytime, Midtown Carnegie Branch
  • 10 a.m., Storytime, Library Station
  • 10 a.m., Storytime, Republic Branch

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