Jodi and Debbie from Menomonie shared an excellent idea at the SLP workshop about a perennial favorite at storytime. They made this great house-front out of an envelope box:
As you can see, the kids really enjoy the box. It's even better when paired with this little poem:
Inside the little house,
There lives a little mouse.
Hear him scamper? (scratch inside of box)
Hear him creep? (scratch again)
He’ll come out if you say peep!
(Kids say PEEP), then poke mouse out of door or window)
They did this for us at the workshop. Some may say this is indicative of my maturity level, but I was thrilled--I was so excited to see the mouse that was doing all that scratching! I can see why the kids think it is terrific.