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This Mouse Count unit study with printables is a great way to introduce counting to your preschool student.

The sleepy mice forget to watch out for snakes and they end up in a jar. The snake counts them. What will happen to the mice? Are they clever enough to escape? Your student will love finding out the ending to the story in Mouse Count.

Thanks to Lisa Martin for submitting these Mouse Count unit study ideas.

### Mouse Count Unit Study Activities

Numeral Matching Game
Cut out a cardboard circle and divide it into pie-shaped sections.  Label each section with a specific number of dots.  Label clothespins with the corresponding numerals.  Your child can match the numerals to the correct number of dots.  Two different number wheels are provided.

Numeral Sequencing
Using the clothespins from the above activity, have your child clip them onto a piece of cardboard, a ruler, a clothesline or a paint stirrer in numerical order.

Count Everything!
Some suggestions: steps as you climb stairs, cars you pass in the parking lot on your way into the store, flowers in the garden, plates on the table, and clouds in the sky.

Number Song
Introduce a song, poem or nursery rhyme that has numbers in it.  “The Ants Go Marching One by One” is a fun one to sing with your little ones.

“Sing a Song of Numbers” is provided in the printables section.

Play with Dominoes
Teach your child how to count the number of dots and match the same number of dots on another domino.

Draw Numbers
Use shaving cream, sand, or finger paint! To save on mess, put the shaving cream or paint in a Ziploc bag and then draw on it with a Q-tip.

Sandpaper Numbers
Cut out numerals in block letter format from sandpaper; your child can trace it with his finger.

Make a Numbers Book
Write the numbers 1-10 on construction paper. Have your student find items he likes in a magazine. You can help him cut the pictures out and glue them on the construction paper. (one item on the 1 page, two items on the 2 page, etc.).  When you are finished, you can bind them together and make “My Numbers Book.” Cover page is included with the Mouse Shapes printables.

### Mouse Count Printables

Mouse Count printables have been added to this unit study. You will find the following in the Mouse Count unit study file:

• Cover Page for My Numbers Book
Your student will enjoy creating his or her own book of numbers. Include numerals and quantities.
• Number Tracing Lines
Use the lines provided to practice fine motor skills.
• How Many Mice? Mini-book
Color the mice. Cut out the pages. Stack together with cover on top and secure with a staple. Read and count together! After a few readings, your student may want to “read” it to you.
• Sing a Song of Numbers
Spend this week learning and singing this song together!
• Mice Math Mat
• How many mice are in the jar? Be careful! The snake is waiting outside. Follow the instructions on the printable page to play this counting game with your student.

### How to Get Started

Follow these simple instructions to get started with the Mouse Count unit study and printables.

1. Buy a copy of the book, Mouse Count, or grab one from your local library.
2. Print the Mouse Count unit study.
3. Choose the lessons you want to use with your student (a highlighter works great for this).
4. Choose and prepare the Mouse Count printables you want to use with your student.
5. Enjoy a week of memory-making learning with your preschool student.