My daughter and I filmed If Your Give a Mouse a Cookie. It was my daughter’s idea; she wanted to film each scene in the same rooms as the book. To get ready, we collected the book and a mouse finger puppet.These are the activities we did to have fun with this classic children’s book:
Bake some chocolate chip cookies.
While reading the story, treat yourself to some milk and cookies.
Draw and color the mouse family.
While the chocolate chip cookies are baking, you can draw the picture that the mouse draws in the book, because you will need it for the scene where the mouse tapes the drawing to the refrigerator.
Film your version of the book.
If your kids want to film their own version of the book, you can film a “response” to our 2-minute YouTube video:
Here are some scenes we photographed. The first is the mouse drinking the milk with a bendy straw.
Here is a photo of the mouse and the “box” with a blanket and pillow. My daughter reads him a bedtime story.
If You Give a Mouse a Cookie Parody for Older Kids
If you have older kids (junior high and high school), you can do a parody of a classic work of literature, using the basic story structure of If You Give a Mouse a Cookie. For example, here is a parody we wrote using Romeo and Juliet:
If You Give Romeo Juliet
If you give Romeo Juliet,
hes’ going to freak out when he realizes she’s a Capulet.
When he freaks out,
he will be too hormonal to care, so he’ll ask her to marry him.
When he asks her to marry him,
she will go to a friar who will give her a fake poison to drink.
When Juliet drinks the friar’s fake poison,
Romeo will think she is dead, so he will stab himself.
Shortly after Romeo stabs himself,
Juliet will wake up from her fake death.
When she wakes up and realizes that Romeo is dead,
she will fall on her sword.
When both families hear of their deaths,
they will decide to reconcile.
So… when a future Romeo loves a Juliet,
he will not have to freak out when she’s a Capulet!
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If your kids are older, you will love the Romeo and Juliet Unit Study!