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Discover fun and engaging printable The Little Mouse, the Red Ripe Strawberry, and the Big Hungry Bear activities that are perfect for tots and preschoolers.
I recently discovered The Little Mouse, the Red Ripe Strawberry, and the Big Hungry Bear by Don and Audrey Wood. This simple story is engaging and will have your preschooler’s attention from the very beginning.
Spring is here, and summer is not too far away. It’s the perfect time of year to plant strawberries with your preschoolers. If you don’t want to plant them, then just buy some to enjoy for an afternoon snack.
Eat some strawberry muffins or fresh strawberries as you read The Little Mouse, the Red Ripe Strawberry, and the Big Hungry Bear with your little ones.
The Big Hungry Bear Activities
The Little Mouse, the Red Ripe Strawberry, and the Big Hungry Bear features a little mouse who will do anything to protect his red, ripe strawberry from the elusive big hungry bear. Young readers will have fun guessing the identity of the narrator when you get to the end of the story.
This printable activity pack works well as a supplement to this book. In this free activity pack, you’ll find coloring pages, handwriting practice, a writing prompt, and more.
For preschoolers who enjoy coloring, I’ve included a cute mouse color and trace page. After coloring the mouse, they’ll trace the word mouse. Coloring helps little ones build fine motor muscles while tracing the word mouse will help them practice proper letter formation.
A second color and trace page features strawberries. This activity page focuses more on writing than it does coloring. Your preschoolers will practice tracing the letters S and s as well as a complete sentence.
One final color and trace page focuses on tracing the numbers from 1-20. You can use this page to help your preschoolers practice number formation as well as number order. Once they’ve completed the page, have them count from 1 to 20. Then, call out numbers for them to identify. Or, call out a number and ask what comes next or what comes before.
In the story, mouse tries to hide his strawberry in the dirt. In this preschool printables pack, you’ll find a writing prompt page designed specifically with preschoolers in mind. There is a large box at the top of the page for preschoolers to draw a picture of where they would hide their strawberry.
Then, there are writing lines. Have your preschooler trace the prompt before finishing the sentence. If your preschooler would prefer, they can tell you what to write instead.
Sneak in a little phonics practice with the beginning sounds page. Your learner will name each picture and then identify its beginning sound. They can color the correct answer or use a dot marker to identify it.
This page is provided in black and white as well as in color. Black and white, of course, is cheaper to print so I wanted to provide that option.
The last learning page focuses on matching images to the words that name them. Beginning readers may be able to do this page on their own. If you have a student who can’t complete the activity independently, start at the top and read the words one by one to your preschooler. Then, let them draw a line from the word to the corresponding picture.
This page is also provided in both black and white and color.
Finally, in this activity pack, you’ll find storytelling puppets. I have provided a color set and a black and white set.
Print these pages on cardstock and laminate (after coloring the black and white images if you choose) for durability. Glue them to craft sticks.
Preschoolers can use these storytelling puppets to retell the story. This is a great way to check your child’s comprehension of the story.
These storytelling discs can also be used to practice sequencing. Have your child line up the discs as you read the story aloud.
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