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Mouse Facts: Lesson for Kids

Instructor: Jennifer Lowery

Jennifer has taught elementary levels K-3 and has master's degrees in elementary education and curriculum/instruction and educational leadership.

Mice are nocturnal rodents that are fascinating creatures! Learn about their special characteristics, habitat, diet and predators in this lesson on mice.

Characteristics

When you think of the word mouse, you might think of famous characters like Mickey Mouse or Stuart Little. These characters have many human like qualities, but real mice are much different. 'Mice' is the plural form of the word mouse, and it means more than one mouse. Mice are found all over the place in the wild. Some people get really scared when a mouse is in their house, while others love having mice as pets! Mice are part of the rodent family. A rodent has fur and is warm-blooded. They also have very large front teeth that they can use to chew through just about anything! Mice can come in different colors, but are usually brown, gray, black or white.

Mice are very small and can be different colors.
small mice three different colors

Habitat

Mice can live almost anywhere! In the wild, they are found in wooded areas, grassy fields and many other natural places. They like to create tunnels and burrow into small areas, so this may explain why they find their way inside of homes through small cracks or openings. Mice like to make nests of different materials, and they will shred these materials to make nests soft and comfortable for their young.

Diet

Would you guess that mice eat cheese? Probably a popular guess with what we see on television or read about in fictional books, but actually this is not the case! Mice snack on seeds, fruits, or really anything they can sink their teeth into! Mice are omnivores. This means that they eat both plants and other animals.

Predators

Many animals enjoy mice as tasty snacks! They are hunted by animals such as bobcats, snakes, and many birds of prey. If you see a hawk soaring slowly in the air, chances are it has spied a mouse on the ground and is waiting for the right time to attack. Some aspects of mice help them in the wild. The fact that they are small and quick helps them to escape dangerous situations. Their coloring also helps to camouflage them from enemies who may not be able to see very well. They can blend into the wildlife around them and become hard to catch!

Hawks are birds of prey that use sharp claws to catch mice in the wild.
bird of prey

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