Preschool Fun: The Little Mouse, the Red Ripe Strawberry, and the Big Hungry Bear

The Big Hungry Bear @ponderthepath

The Big Hungry Bear has been a loooong time favorite at our house. Little Mouse picks a red ripe strawberry. The narrator talks Little Mouse into sharing the strawberry in order to keep it safe from Big Hungry Bear.

The Big Hungry Bear @ponderthepath

My favorite aspect of the book is the beautifully drawn illustrations. When Little Mouse pulls the strawberry from the vine, you can feel the vine shaking. And when he cuts the strawberry in half, the sweet juiciness entices even the reader to want to share the strawberry.

Strawberry Shortcake @ponderthepath

A classic story such as The Big Hungry Bear deserves a classic recipe to highlight the strawberry goodness. I pulled out my 40 year old Betty Crocker cookbook and found a sweet recipe for Strawberry Shortcakes.

Shortcake Recipe @ponderthepath

It is simple enough even the boys could help me out.

Making Shortcake Dough @ponderthepath

After making the dough, roll it out and cut out personal size shortcakes using a cup.

Shortcake Dough @ponderthepath

Whipping up the cream is the best part, especially for little mechanically minded boys!

Making Whipped Cream @ponderthepath

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We also read Stellaluna and made origami bats and birds…would love to share that with you as well.

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