Preschool lesson plan for like and hate

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02 Oct Shelley Vernon 1 Comment

A teacher asked me how he could teach a cute rhyme about mice, that teaches like and hate. I did not ascertain if he made this rhyme up himself, or where it came from. I am not claiming authorship of the rhyme, only the lesson plan to teach it with games!


OK first introduce the main nouns, which are: mice, ears, feet, teeth, cheese, rice. Some of these may be revision, especially if you have already taught body parts.


1. Introduce mice and ears and start to play Jump the Line. (Full explanation in my preschool games book.) Jump the Line is where kids jump from side to side according to which side of the line, or board, the vocabulary is. You try and catch them out by going faster and faster. After a minute, add ears, jump a couple more times, add in feet and teeth. Play with these four words until you see the kids know them. Add cheese and rice and play with all six words. (Six new words will be too much in one go for 3-year-old beginners, so stop at four). That whole process should take about five minutes.

mouse mime two real mice and girl miming being a mouse

2. Change to a different listening game, still sticking with the six new words. Show the kids a mime for mice, like holding up two little paws and munching like a rabbit with teeth bared. Show a mime for eating rice and one for eating cheese.


preschool games bookNow bring up three kids to the front. Show each of them a picture that they mime when you say "go". Each of the three kids up front is miming something different. For the body parts, they just touch that body part. For teeth, they could do a Cheshire cat grin.

Ask the pupils, "Who is miming mice?" They call out the name of the pupil being a mouse. If they don’t answer, ask "Is it Juan?" That might prompt them. Help them as much as you need to. "Who is touching her feet?"

Swap over the three at the front and repeat with different words. Keep going for as long as you have interest, but never flog a game to death. You can always use it again in a subsequent lesson.


If you need a method to teach with games please check out my preschool games book and the stories with lesson plans made of games. If you prefer a paperback, you may get it on this link.


3. Play Simon Says with the six new words. Simon Says, "Touch your feet be a mouse, eat some rice, eat some cheese". For full instructions on how to play see the games book. Add in "Simon says be little!" and the kids have to crouch down small. Sometimes pre-schoolers cannot grasp Simon Says and they don’t like the idea of being out! So just use Simon Says as a commands game if you have 3-year-olds. 5-year-olds should be able to play the full version.


4. For hate and like, sit the kids in a circle and show them some food pictures, ask the pupils, "Do you like this? Do you hate it?" Encourage all the kids to answer you at once with their different replies. 'I like it.' 'I hate it.' They have to pull a face if they hate it and do thumbs up if they like it.


5. Have a competition on who can do the best acting for 'I hate it'. Let the kids practise in pairs for thirty seconds then each one takes a turn to say, "I hate it" while pulling a face and acting. Let the kids pick a winner and the winner gets to do it again! Play again and pick a different winner. You can have joint winners and groups of winners. Just don’t have any losers! (Normally I avoid competition with 5s to 6s but with a silly game like that I think it's OK).


6. Now you are ready to introduce the rhyme.


So first go through the rhyme, as if you were telling a story, miming the actions as you go, and showing pictures of the vocabulary to help kids understand.


7. Tell the story again but this time have the kids doing the actions with you as you go along.

preschool kids in mouse costumes

8. If you want to put the rhyme to a tune, now is the time to sing it. The kids are still just listening and doing the actions - because they'll need a few goes through the song to get the actions in place, plus this gives them a chance to hear the melody too.


9. Now start to teach the rhyme line by line - you say it, they say it back and do the actions at the same time.


10. Do this block first:

Mice, mice, mice
Mice, mice, mice,
I like their little ears.
Mice, mice, mice,
I like their little feet.
Mice, mice, mice,
I like their little teeth.
Yes, little mice are really nice.


Do that four times over at least all through top to bottom. That might be enough for one lesson. Move on to a different activity and revise verse one in the next lesson, plus add verse two below.

like and hate

11. Now do the second block four times over - always with actions:
My mum hates mice,
my dad hates mice,
but I think mice are really nice.
I give them cheese,
I give them rice.
Yes, little mice are really nice!


12. And once through the whole thing.


13. Get this rhyme out at every lesson for five minutes, until the kids know it well. Performing the rhyme with actions and even mice masks made by the kids could be part of a show to parents at the end of the term.


14. Then you can consider doing a little skit where one child is the mum, one is the dad, one is the "I" person (narrator) and all the other kids are mice.


  • For the opening the mice present themselves.
  • Then mum and dad chase the mice here on "my mum hates mice, my dad hates mice".
  • And the mice run to the narrator who pets and feeds them.


Do let me know how it goes! Comments are most welcome in the box below.

Kind regards

Shelley Ann Vernon


Adorable and practical lesson plan! Thank you so much. And, happy new year to all! Best wishes

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