Saturday, April 27, 2013

A Gift for Mommy

I am looking forward to Mother's day next week!  I always like to do a Mother's Day theme for preschool storytime. It's a BIG hit with the mommys and grandmothers that come to storytime!  I have two books that I ALWAYS use;  My Mom by Anthony Browne and My Mommy Is Magic by Carl Norac. I loved this CUTE felt set and song at Storytime ABC's, so I made my own!  For laughs and so much fun, we sing 'Mama Don't Allow'.  I wanted one more flannelboard rhyme and couldn't find one I wanted to use so...I made up my own.  I found Google pictures for each item and of a child kissing his mom. The color words are links to a Google page.  I printed and mounted each picture on bright green paper and laminated them.  I flip the papers as I say the rhyme.  I think it will lead to some discussion about what gifts we'd like to give to our mother for Mother's Day. Here you go:

                                                                A Gift for Mommy
By Kathryn Roach

I want to get a gift for Mommy
For this Mother’s day
Let me think, what could I find?
I don’t have money to pay!

I know she likes some fancy shoes
I bet she’d like them blue!

Maybe a fancy, party ring?
A lovely purple one could be the thing!

A mug for the coffee she likes to drink?
I know she likes the color pink!

Or a purse to carry all her stuff
A red one might be big enough!

An orange scarf, fresh and light,
With white polka dots, could be right!

I know what I can give to Mommy
I know that this won’t miss!
I’ll tell her, “Mommy, I love you”
With a great big hug and kiss!

I have adapted Jane's (Piper Loves the Library) adorable version of the Little Mouse hiding game to be a Mother's Day version.  I already had 3 felt houses for the original version of the game, so, I just made two more color houses,  a mother mouse and felt cheese. In my game little boy mouse is looking for a piece of cheese to give to his Mother mouse for Mother's day. I hid other small things behind each house and he even finds one piece of cheese.  He's so hungry and it smells sooo good that...he eats it! Oh no!  But, he finds another piece of cheese (in the last house) to give to his mother. (We all know, don't go grocery shopping on an empty stomach! LOL!)    I call my version, 'Where's the cheese for Mother Mouse?'  I have a purple house that I forgot at work.  The pattern for the mice came from Feltboard Fingerplays by Liz and Dick Wilmes.  The mice are made out of pellon and the houses and cheese are felt.  Notice that Mother mouse has shiny gold earrings? ...little things... LOL! 
I have as much fun as the kiddos that come to Storytime!

Happy Mother's Day!!


  1. Love the earrings! Those personal touches are the best!

    1. Jane, thanks so much for the idea for the game/story for the Little Mouse set. My version turned into more of a story than a game. I hid other things behind each house and the children loved that! It was a BIG hit. I love the collaboration and inspiration from this Flannel Friday group!!

  2. Fun! I like the color song.

  3. Ooooh, Kathryn, I love your ideas! I am going to have to see if I can find the time to add one or two to my upcoming Mommy and Me storytimes. So many great ideas ~ so little time!

    Thank you for mentioning me and linking to my post. You are so sweet to do that. I hope you had fun with your Mommy set.

    Thanks for sharing so much with us this week. Love the whole storytime plan!
    Have a wonderful weekend!
    ~ K ~

  4. 'Where's the Cheese for Mommy Mouse?' turned into a story more than a game. It was a BIG hit with the toddlers and preschoolers this week.