Story-Inspired Fine Motor “Cookie” Craft


This fine motor book extension activity for If You Give a Mouse A Cookie will be just right for you if your kids love stories, pretend play, and crafts. Join along with us!

Fine motor skills book extension activity to go along with If You Give a Mouse a Cookie.

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If You Give a Mouse a Cookie (affiliate) is this week’s story in the Virtual Book Club for Kids.  I’m excited to participate — it’s one of our favorite If You Give… cause and effect stories.

Author Laura Joffe Numeroff starts the book with, “If you give a mouse a cookie, he’s going to ask you for a glass of milk.” What follows is a cute and entertaining chain of events that ends, adorably, right back where it started. If you haven’t read any from this series, it’s definitely worth checking out.

 

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I had a baking urge the other day, but I resisted. I really didn’t need to dirty any more dishes. We made these simple pretend “cookies” instead.

Fine motor skills book extension activity to go along with If You Give a Mouse a Cookie.

I started out painting cardboard to be the shade of a chocolate chip cookie. Then I realized that the color I ended up with is exactly the shade of a manila folder.

Well, that’s certainly easier!

If you don’t have a folder handy, though, you can definitely just cut up a cereal box and paint it with acrylic paint – I used white with a few drops of brown and yellow mixed in.

 

Materials

  • Thin cardboard (a cereal box is perfect)
  • Aluminum foil
  • Scissors
  • Manila folder
  • Glue, glue cup, & paintbrush
  • Brown construction paper

Preparation

1. Cut out wavy circles from the manila folder. These will be your “cookies.”
2. Cut out a pretend cookie sheet from the cardboard. On one of the short sides, leave a little strip on the other side of the fold in the cardboard. That way it will look like there’s a lip to the pan. Cover with foil.
3. Cut a long narrow strip of brown construction paper.
4. Squeeze a little glue into a small container.

Fine motor skills book extension activity to go along with If You Give a Mouse a Cookie.

Instructions

1. Snip triangle “chocolate chips” off the strip of brown construction paper.
2. Use a paintbrush to glue the chips to the cookie cutouts.
3. Have fun pretending to bake!

While my girls were busy pretending to bake, I *might* have gotten into my secret candy stash. The cleanup was a lot easier!

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Fine motor skills book extension activity to go along with If You Give a Mouse a Cookie.

For even more baking themed ideas to go along with If you Give a Mouse a Cookie, visit these other Virtual Book Club for Kids posts:

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