The Library's Early Literacy Program

For Toddlers

Mouse's House

Talk & Read Explore lots of words with your child.

PLAY

Mouse's House

Play "Mouse's House": Cut a mouse shape out of paper or felt. Cut rectangles of many different colors, all the same size - just large enough to cover the mouse. Ask your child to close their eyes as you hide the mouse under one of the rectangles. Ask, "Which house is the mouse in?" and wait for your child to respond vocally. If your child chooses green, say, "Little Mouse, Little Mouse, are you in the green house?" and flip over the green rectangle. Continue until you find the mouse. Even if your child can't say the names of the colors yet, wait for him or her to respond to your question. You'll encourage your child to use language!


SING

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.


READ

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

  • If You Give a Mouse a Cookie
  • Mouse Paint
  • The Little Mouse, the Red Ripe Strawberry, and the Big Hungry Bear

JOIN US AT THE LIBRARY

The next storytimes for Toddlers are:

Friday, July 25

  • 10:00 a.m., Midtown Carnegie Branch
  • 10:00 a.m., Library Station
  • 10:15 a.m., Library Center

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