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By EVPL Staff

Laura Numeroff, the author of If You Give A Mouse A Cookie, is celebrating her birthday on July 14th! We have gathered books, songs, activities, and more to help you celebrate at home.

Books

The Jellybeans and the Big Dance

The Jellybeans and the Big Art Adventure

The Jellybeans and the Big Camp Kickoff

The Jellybeans and the Big Book Bonanza 

The Jellybeans Love to Read

The Jellybeans Love to Dance

And, you can always request physical materials to be picked up!

Songs

Join Ms. Lauren as she shares songs all about cookies:

Five Little Cookies

Five little cookies, with frosting galore

Mama ate the pink one, then there were four

Four little cookies, two and two, you see

Grammy ate the green one, then there were three

Three little cookies, but before I know,

Sister ate the blue one, then there were two

Two little cookies, oh, what fun!

Brother ate the orange one, then there was one

One little cookie, watch me run!

I ate the red one, then there were none.

Patty Cake (Cookie Style)

Patty cake, patty cake, baker’s man (clap hands together)

Bake me a cookie as fast as you can

Roll it (make a rolling motion with hands)

And Pat it (pat hands on your lap)

And mark it with a “C” (for cookie!) (draw a letter C in the air)

And it in the oven (mime putting tray in oven)

for you (point out)

and me! (point to yourself)

Making Cookies

I am making cookie dough (point to self)

Round and round the beaters go (roll hands over hands)

Add some flour from a cup (pour from cup)

Stir and mix the batter up (pretend to stir)

Roll them, cut them nice and neat (pretend to roll out with pin, then cookie cut)

Put them on a cookie sheet (pretend to lay out on cookie sheet)

Bake them, count them, 1, 2, 3 (count with fingers)

Then serve them to my friends for tea (pretend to eat cookies)

Bake Cookies Together

After you listened to Ms. Jennifer read If You Give a Mouse a Cookie and sang along with Ms. Lauren, your family can make your own chocolate chip cookies to enjoy at home.

Cookies: https://cooking.nytimes.com/recipes/1019232-toll-house-chocolate-chip-cookies

This classic chocolate chip cookie recipe is the original Nestle Toll House chocolate chip cookie recipe found on the back of every package of chocolate chips. Children can help measure the ingredients, stir the batter, and layout the cookies on baking sheets. 

As you make the cookies, talk about what happened in the book If You Give a Mouse a Cookie. What else did the mouse ask for after receiving a cookie? You could also talk about what kind of cookies you think real-life mice would like to eat!

If You Give a Mouse a Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe

Makes around 4 dozen cookies

Ingredients:

2 ¼ cups all purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened

¾ cup granulated sugar

¾ cup packed brown sugar

2 large eggs

2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips

1 cup chopped nuts (optional: if omitting, add 1 to 2 tablespoons flour to recipe)

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
  2. In a small bowl, combine flour, baking soda, and salt.
  3. In a large bowl cream together butter, vanilla extract and both kinds of sugar. You can use a hand mixer, but it’s not necessary.
  4. Add each egg to the butter mixture one at a time, stirring well after each egg.
  5. Carefully add the flour mixture to the butter mixture slowly. Stir well.
  6. Add in chocolate chips and nuts (if using).
  7. Drop cookie dough by heaping tablespoons onto ungreased cookie sheets.
  8. Bake in a preheated oven for 9-11 minutes. Remove trays from the oven and let them cool for two minutes before removing to wire racks to cool completely.
  9. Enjoy cookies with your favorite type of milk!

More Activities

In our Early Literacy Book Bundles this week, we will have a special activity featuring the characters from If You Give A Mouse A Cookie. Be sure to sign up for one of our book bundles and join in the fun!  

If you are looking for more resources and activities, check out the author’s website

EVPL Staff

EVPL Staff


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