My favorite books and supplies to start our preschool year!

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Mortimer’s Christmas Manger

My sister introduced me to this book quite a few years ago and it is one of our Christmas favorites each year!


  • Read Mortimer's Christmas Manger by Karma Wilson … this sweet little mouse is tired of living in a cold, cramped, creepy hole in the wall. So he ventures out at Christmastime and “what he finds is wonderful!”

candy cane mice  image

  • Make a candy cane mouse!
    1. Use this simple pattern from Martha Stewart.
    2. Trace & cut out on felt.
    3. Assemble and add eyes and a felt or pom pom nose with craft glue.
    4. Insert a candy cane for the tail!

mortimer nativity puppets  mortimer nativity

  • Nativity finger puppets … in the book, Mortimer makes room for himself in the nativity set displayed on the table.
    1. Print out these free nativity finger puppets from Craftaholics Anonymouse!
    2. Cut out, fold and tape each one.
    3. Color!
    4. Insert little fingers and have fun re-telling the story of Baby Jesus.

mortimer gingerbread bag  mortimer gingerbread

  • Brown Paper Bag Gingerbread House … at the end of the story, Mortimer finds a sweet new house just his size.
    1. Print out this cute gingerbread house from Making Friends (you can print in color or black & white!)
    2. Use as a great coloring page.
    3. Or color, cut out and glue to the front of a small brown paper bag.
    4. Fill the bag with treats or a small gift.

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