Saturday, December 29, 2012

Guest Post: Mouse Count!

I have a very special Guest Post to share this week. It is about the first swap item that I received from our recent First Annual Storytime Swap. So fun!

If you would like to learn more about the Storytime Swap, please click here for the original invitation post and here to see other items shared in this swap. 

If a swap is something that you would enjoy participating in, please feel free to contact me at

Planning is underway for another swap. 
It will be soon and is in honor of Flannel Friday's birthday!

This Guest Post features Ann and her props for this fun mouse book by Ellen Stoll Walsh:

I adore Ms. Walsh's mice books
so I was very excited to see what Ann sent me!

Ann teaches preschool and loves to use props to share a book with her classroom friends. Here are the props that she chose to use with this book:

Ann says she found the stuffed mice at Walmart in the pet department. She also purchased  the container and lid at Walmart and the snake at the Dollar Store. The rock was not purchased. It is just a mouse-shaped rock that she found.

The props can be used for telling the story at storytime or at circle time. They can also be used by the children for re-telling purposes.

Ann also included a few other items to use with the book:

These are copies of simple shapes that can be used
as coloring pages for the children or
~ you didn't think I would neglect to find a way to flannelize a book did you? ~
you can use them as patterns for a flannel set.
Watch for a blog post about my flannelized version of Mouse Count!
What a FUN swap for me! I was very excited and happy to see what was in my box. It is so thrilling to get a surprise in the mail that I can share with my storytime friends in the New Year! 

I hope you enjoyed seeing what Ann sent! Oh, but wait!

There's more!

Ann also sent:

A cute little mouse and cheese for an extension activity

Here are a few pictures from Ann that explain how to use the mouse and cheese. It looks like lots of hands-on learning is happening here!


Thanks for taking a minute to check out my special Storytime Swap surprise. 

And a very special thanks to Ann
My storytime friends are going to fall in love with the book,  Mouse Count, thanks to you! 

And, as always,


This week's Flannel Friday Round-Up is being hosted by Lisa on her blog, Libraryland
Be sure to swing over and check it out. 
It is the first Round-Up of 2013!


  1. only just now found your blog. it's AWESOME! will be back again and again!

    wish i'd known about the swap. def want to be in next one!! sending you an email now. going to flannel friday now too. thanks!

    1. Mona, I am happy to hear that you found my blog and are planning to come back to visit again. I have lots of exciting things to share over the next few weeks. :o)

      I look forward to having you join in the next swap. I will be sharing the information about it next Friday, hopefully.

      Thanks for stopping by and leaving your kind comment. I appreciate getting feedback.

      Take care!
      ~ K ~

  2. Thank you so much for doing all the work to pull this creative venture together. So impressed with ALL the ideas & thank you for taking the time to post the Mouse Count props that I sent to you.

    1. Ann, I am ecstatic over how well the first Storytime Swap has gone ~ thanks to you and everyone else who has participated! The items that were shared are awesome.

      I personally adore these little mice and can't wait to share them with my storytime friends! Thank you so so much!

      I will be sharing more Guest Posts in the Blog Hop as the pictures and information continue to trickle in.

      Have a wonderful week!
      ~ K ~

  3. Love the mice - have been trying to decide the easiest way to go about this project - should I make the mice (I don't particularly like to sew) or buy(then where)? Well you've given me the answer - off to Walmart.
    Thank you

    1. Maureen, I totally agree with you! I love the mice and Ann did such a wonderful job of putting together a props kit for the book, Mouse Count. I was very lucky to be her swap partner!

      I hope you are able to create your own kit. Your young friends will love it, I'm sure!

      Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to leave a comment!
      ~ K ~

  4. I was another of Ann's swap partners and got the same Mouse Count kit! Love it!! Thanks, Ann. Can't wait to use it at Storytime.