Posted by on Dec 25, 2014 in Christmas Activities, Kids in the Kitchen, Uncategorized, Winter Activities, Winter Picture Book Activities | 0 comments

Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house

not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse.

Today I shared the timeless holiday classic Twas The Night Before Christmas, by Clement Clarke Moore, with my bugs. This picture book is great for shared reading.  I intentionally leave out some of the rhyming words and have my  boys guess them by utilizing key reading strategies such as : does the word they chose sound right, does it have the same initial letter sound as the mystery word, and does it make sense. I also encourage my boys to use picture cues to help them decode the mystery word(s).

After reading the picture book a couple of times, I thought it would be fun for the boys to make some chocolate mice to go along with the first line of the poem.

Chocolate Mice

You can find the recipe we used to make our chocolate mice here. There is also a detailed video available  on how to make them. The only change we made to the recipe is using mini red and green M&Ms for the eyes, and red rope licorice for the tails.

Chocolate Mice 2  Chocolate Mice 7

Chocolate Mice 4  Chocolate Mice 5

After the boys made their chocolate mice, I decided to make a new batch to include in  our ‘Twas the night before Christmas gift baskets.

I’m not a huge fan of mice, but these ones are pretty cute, not to mention yummy!

Chocolate Mice 11  Chocolate Mice 15

Chocolate Mice 16

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Happy Holidays!!