‘If You Give A Mouse A Cookie’ Counting Game

'If You Give A Mouse A Cookie' Counting & Feeding Game - Paper Plate Craft & Activity

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I think most of us have heard the story ‘If You Give A Mouse A Cookie’. If you have not, it is a tale of a mouse and a series of events that occurs as a result of him getting a cookie. It is a fun book to read & my daughter just loves it.


We often joke with our daughter & say “If you give a Mai A Cookie”. This joke came up this week. “How about you give Mai 1, 2, 3 , 4 cookies, mama?” Nice try! She did not get 4 cookies, but she did give me an idea for a fun craft & counting activity.

What you will need:

Paper Plates

Construction Paper





Sketch & cut a mouth hole out of a paper plate.


Paint your paper plate in brown & let dry.



Cut ears & a nose out of construction paper & glue onto the plate.


Draw in the eyes, mouth & whiskers with marker.



Glue around the sides & top of the back of the plate & glue to another paper plate. Leave the bottom unglued so that there is an opening at the bottom.

Cut 10 circles out of light brown construction paper small enough to fit into the slot on the mouse’s mouth.

Draw chocolate chips on them.


Cut 10 squares of paper & number them from 1 – 10. Mai did such a great job writing out her number cards.


Now you are ready to play your game.

'If You Give A Mouse A Cookie' Counting game, activity & craft Paper Plate craft

Mix up your number cards & have your child draw one. Have them feed the mouse that number of cookies. Another option is to make the cookies with a certain number of chocolate chips & feed them the cookie with the correct number of chips. Let your child decide which they prefer.


Feed your hungry mouse. My daughter wanted to feed both mice. She counted out the cookies for both mice & fed them both full.



When you have used up all your cookies. Just shake them out of the opening that you left at bottom.

I had a hard time pulling my daughter away from this. She was having a lot of fun with it. She gave both mice their cookies over & over again. And of course when you a give a mouse a cookie, don’t forget, he is going to want a glass of milk to go with it.


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Cocoa & Cookies Craft

Hot cocoa & chocolate chip cookie craft for winter - kids crafts and activities

Today is my husband’s birthday. My daughter wanted to make him a bunch of drawings & crafts yesterday in anticipation for his big day. She drew up a storm. She made him cards & pictures. One drawing in particular that she made that was so great was one of a mug of cocoa & some chocolate chip cookies.


It came out so great & she was so proud of it when she showed me. “Will daddy like it?” “He is going to love it”, I told her.  I loved it too. I loved it so much, that I wanted us to make a craft copying her same design.

For this craft you will need:

Construction paper




Cotton balls


Draw a mug shape out to a piece of construction paper & cut it out. I messed up a bit on the sketch, so used my drawing cut-out as a template.

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Cut out a dark brown pointed oval to form your cocoa & glue it onto the cup.


Cut out circles & ovals out of light brown paper for your cookies & cut a large white oval for your plate. You can use a marker to draw a ring around your white paper to make it look a bit more like a plate.

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Glue the plate & mug down onto a piece of paper.



Glue the cookies on the plate & the buttons as chocolate chips. I had cut out a couple of cookies with bites taken out of them & some crumbs, but Mai insisted that all her cookies had to be whole. She did not want anyone biting “her” cookies.

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Pull apart a cotton ball a bit & glue it to the top of the cocoa  for whipped cream & use a marker to draw in steam. Since Mai doesn’t like cream on her cocoa in real life, she did not want it on her cocoa craft either.


Hot cocoa & cookies craft - winter crafts for kids

My daughter’s inspiration turned out a cute craft. Daddy is going to love all of his birthday presents. Happy Birthday, honey!!

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Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cheesecake Bars


I think I have mentioned before that my work has a monthly pizza party to celebrate all of the birthdays in that month within our company. On pizza day, they bring in a variety of different topping pizzas and a ton of desserts. Oh the desserts, oh so many delicious desserts. Ever since the last pizza party I have become obsessed with cheesecake. Not that I didn’t love it before, but now I find myself craving it all the time. Last week it was french toast with cheesecake filling and this week, it is cheesecake bars. This does not really fit into my diet, but oh well. These are super simple to make and so good.

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cheesecake Bars


Cookie crust

A package of Betty Crocker oatmeal chocolate chip cookies

1 egg (per directions)

1 stick of margarine (softened) (per directions)


1 8oz  package of cream cheese (softened)

1/4 cup of sugar

1/2 cup of vanilla greek yogurt

1 egg

1/4 cup of chocolate chips


Preheat oven to 375. Prepare cookie mix per package directions. Press 1/2 the cookie mixture into a square 8″ baking pan. In a mixing bowl, blend cream cheese, sugar & yogurt on low speed until blended and smooth. Do not overbeat. Add the egg & quickly beat in. Add the chocolate chips & stir. Pour the cheese mixture over the cookie crust. Take the remaining cookie dough & press and flatten between hands and place over the cheese mixture. Do this in pieces and spread out evenly. Bake for 40-45 minutes or until cookie is golden & is firm in the middle. Cook times will vary. Let cool before cutting and serving. They will set as they cool.














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