Muffins for a Moose


How would you make a hungry moose feel at home? Find out what happens If You Give a Moose a Muffin.


1. Find out all you can about moose. How big are they? Where do they live? What do they really eat? What’s the plural of moose? Mice? Meese? Mooses?

2. Read If You Give a Moose a Muffin or another hilarious moose story. How are fiction and nonfiction books similar? How are they different?

3. Using Crayola® Oil Pastels, draw your favorite moose scene from the book (or your imagination) on construction paper. You might show a checked floor, patterned wall paper, a table, and window with curtains.

4. On more construction paper use Crayola Erasable Colored Pencils to draw a large moose. Color it with a light color oil pastel first. Blend the moose’s coat gently with your finger. Place a dark color pastel such as black on top. Scrape away some of the black coating with plastic dinnerware. Cut out your moose with Crayola Scissors.

5. Does your favorite scene include muffins? Draw several of them in various sizes. Fill them with the oil pastel colors. Blend colors with your finger so the muffins look really scrumptious. Cut out the muffins.

6. With a Crayola Glue Stick, attach the moose and the muffins to your background scene.

Safety Guidelines

Adult supervision is required for any arts & crafts project. Observe children closely and intervene as necessary to prevent potential safety problems and ensure appropriate use of arts and crafts materials. Some craft items, particularly beads and buttons, are potential choking hazards for young children. Avoid use of such small parts with children younger than 3 years. Craft items such as scissors, push pins and chenille sticks may have sharp points or edges. Avoid use of materials with sharp points by children younger than 4 years. Read all manufacturers' safety warnings before using arts and craft supplies.

Scissors—ATTENTION: The cutting edges of scissors are sharp and care should be taken whenever cutting or handling. Blunt-tip scissors should be used only by children 4 years and older. Pointed-tip scissors should be used only by children 6 years and older.


  • Find the areas where moose live on a map. What is the terrain like? What kind of weather do they live in?
  • Present the drawings in the form of a group book report. With your classmates, figure out the order in which your scenes appeared in the book. Display your drawings in order, too.
  • With the help of a librarian or your classmates, find other silly stories to read. What writing techniques do authors use to make us laugh?
  • Read other Laura Joffe Numeroff books such as If You Give a Mouse a Cookie. Compare and contrast it to If You Give a Moose a Muffin. What similar writing elements did the author use in both books? What elements were different?

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crayola supplies
  • Crayola® Oil Pastels
  • Erasable Colored Pencils
  • Glue Sticks
  • Pointed Tip Scissors
  • Construction Paper
household supplies
  • plastic dinnerware



  • Grades 1 to 3
  • Grades 4 to 6


  • Language Arts
  • Social Studies
  • Visual Arts


  • Less than 1/2 hour
  • 30 to 60 minutes


  • Students research information about moose.

  • Students compare writing designed to impart information (nonfiction) to writing that’s primarily for imaginary fun (fiction).

  • Students recognize how authors sometimes give animals human characteristics when writing stories.

  • Students create a drawing to show a favorite moose scene from their reading.


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