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The Little Mouse Mask

This craft was inspired by The Little Mouse, The Red Ripe Strawberry, and The Big Hungry Bear. Love this book?  Learn more and see our other activities for this book here. 

Add to the interactive element of this book by making a mouse mask with your young reader and then acting out the story! 

The basic form of the mask is easily adapted to other children's book. Try making a bear for We're Going on a Bear Hunt, or a dog for The Stray Dog

Paper Plate Mouse Mask -


Paper Plate Mouse Mask


  • 1 paper plate per mask
  • pipe cleaners
  • scissors
  • yarn or string
  • markers, crayons, or colored pencils
  • stapler
  1. Cut paper plate in half. 
  2. On one half of the paper plate, use a hole punch to start two holes for eyes. Use scissors to make eye holes bigger.

    Paper Plate Mouse Mask

  3. Using hole punch, make holes on each side of mask. Tie one length of string through each hole. These will be used to tie the mask around your young reader's head.

    Paper Plate Mouse Mask

  4. Cut other half of paper plate in half (these two pieces will each be 1/4 of original plate). 

    Paper Plate Mouse Mask

  5. Staple each ear to the top of the mask. To give the mask more dimension, have the rim of the face piece facing down, and the rim on each ear piece facing up.

    Paper Plate Mouse Mask

  6. Use crayons, markers or colored pencils to color the mask.
  7. Staple two pipe cleaners to the bottom of the face piece to form whiskers. To protect little noses, place a piece of Scotch tape over the staples on the back of the mask. 

    Paper Plate Mouse Mask

    If you don't have pipe cleaners, strips of cut construction paper can be used instead.  
  8. Using a marker or crayon, add a nose to peek out over the whiskers. 

    Paper Plate Mouse Mask


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Montessori DOTNET

That's such a creative idea. THanks for sharing.

Toddler Approved

What a cute little mouse mask!!! Love this book and it would be so much more fun to read with a mask on, right? :)


Love the pipe cleaner whiskers! Adorable!


This is adorable. Please link this to Artsy Play Wednesday today on Capri + 3 so that everyone can join in on the fun.

: 0 ) Theresa


Thanks so much for all the comments. Hope you enjoy making these with your young readers!
Reading the book is certainly more fun with the the mask on!

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