Every month the song/dance/activity will change. Many of the songs will be from my Recordings. Please print the page and do the activity with your child. Teachers may print the page to use with their classes. If you have questions, Contact Me.
Listen to the whole song on Sticky Bubble Gum...and other Tasty Tunes or hear it here:
This wordplay can be done as a fingerplay, or a 2-person play (parent/child or child/child). This time of year, many things are "creepy" and "sneaky" – but this one is more playful than scary. Pretend play is a wonderful exercise of imagination for the young child – I suggest using a visual to get started: a picture, puppet, stuffed animal of a mouse and a cat. Let the child(ren) discuss what their relationship might be. The younger the child, the less gory the details need to be –- I don't tell them the cat will EAT the mouse. My cat never did – she played with them, and walked away from it when it bored her! SO, have fun playing cat'n'mouse! There's no tune –- it spoken with enthusiasm!
Creepy mouse. Creepy mouse.
Sneaky cat. Sneaky cat.
For individual children:
Line 3: Crawl on hands and knees
For adult/child or child/child pairs:
Age Range: 1 – 4 years old
Purpose: Children need to continue to crawl throughout their early childhood years. Crawling promotes cross-lateral movement, balance, and physical development. As children begin to walk, crawling often becomes a "baby" thing, and they don't do it as often. Finding fun games such as this will encourage even pre-schoolers to crawl without seeming baby-ish.
Extension Activity: Couple this with "The Little Mouse Goes Creeping" from my Tiny Tunes cd (SOTM March '07), and you've got both crawling, walking and running activities! Find a mouse-themed Book Buddy such as Mouse Paint, If You Give A Mouse A Cookie, or one of my children's favorites: The Little Mouse, the Red Ripe Strawberry, and the Big Hungry Bear by Don Wood.