If You Take a Mouse to the Movies Review and Christmas Craft

We have a lot of Christmas and Winter picture books we like to read each year. One of our favorites is If You Take a Mouse to the Movies. It is part of the “If you Give a…” series by Laura Numeroff.

If You Take a mouse to the movies review and popcorn garland craft

This book, like the others in the series, is a circular story that starts with the mouse doing one thing that makes him want to do something else, which in turn makes him think of yet another thing, and on and on. The mouse continually jumps from activity to activity eventually bringing the story full circle where he ends up doing what he started. In the process, children are introduced to sights and activities common to the season.

If you have preschoolers in your life and aren’t familiar with Numeroff’s books, you should definitely check them out. They are a hoot. (Click on the picture of the book to be taken to the affiliate link through Amazon.) In fact, you may want to add it to your Advent Picture Book Tree like we did.

advent picture book tree

Each time we read this book, my daughter gets a kick out of the “silly mouse” who makes a mess as he jumps from having a snowball fight to singing Christmas carols to making ornaments and more.

One of the first things that Mouse wants to do in this story is string his movie popcorn into a garland for the Christmas tree.  When we recently read this part of the story, my 4 year old daughter asked if we could make a popcorn garland.  I wasn’t sure if she was actually ready for such a task, but I decided it wouldn’t hurt to give it a try.  I’m glad we did.  It took a little troubleshooting, but we made it happen! (See the link below for the tutorial.) Our tree wasn’t up yet, so we hung our popcorn garland on our mantle.

popcorn garland made by kids

If you typically make popcorn garlands with your kiddos, I encourage you to read, If You Take a Mouse to the Movies, to go along with your popcorn craft tradition.

If you’re interested in learning the best way to make a popcorn garland with kids, click here to get the full tutorial on how we did it. 


And if you like doing crafts that go with picture books, check out what the other ladies from the Monthly Crafting Book Club have created. This month we’ve all been focusing on Christmas picture books in order to give you and your kiddos some fun and festive ideas.  See them all below. Enjoy!


Monthly Crafting Book Club for December - Christmas themed book & craft


Georgie the Gingerbread Fairy Wand Craft - Come check out Georgie the Gingerbread Fairy a great Christmas book with an accompanying Wand Craft to go with it. Perfect for toddlers & kids of all ages.

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