I LOVE doing fun hands-on food activities with my kids. On Friday afternoons, we have Literacy Snacks. Each week I choose a different picture book to read and we make a snack that has to do with the book. By calling them literacy snacks I’m able to fit them into the curriculum.
Since we’re headed back to school, our book this week is If You Take A Mouse To School by Laura Numeroff. In this silly book, you follow a boy and his mouse through a busy day at school.
We read the book together as a class and then we make our snacks. For our snack this week to go along with the book, we’re making our own mouse!
THIS ACTIVITY WORKS WELL WITH
Snack Idea Supplies need:
- round cookie cutter
- a piece of wheat bread per child
- 2 pretzel sticks per child
- 2 eye candies per child (I use these ALL of the time!)
- 1 Smarties per child
How to assemble:
Have the students cut a circle out of the bread using the cookie cutter.
Next, they’ll pull 2 small pieces of the discarded bread off to make the ears.
Lastly, they can break the 2 pretzels in half and add those along with the eyes and nose to make our favorite friend mouse from the book we read. As the kids are assembling these we talk about the shapes that we are using.
While the kids are working on their snacks, taking turns using the cookie cutter, etc, I also give them a fun page that has to do with the book to keep them busy. The kids will draw what the mouse has in his lunchbox. They can be creative or they can draw what the mouse actually puts into his lunchbox in the story.
You can download the Literacy Snack Idea Back to School free printable from my TeachersPayTeachers store by clicking the green box below.
If you’re looking for more back-to-school book ideas, I share a bunch of my favorites here.
Do you have any favorite picture books that you’d like to have a snack to go along with? I love hearing new ideas!
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