My little friend

A mouse in the hand is better than two in the ceiling. Just a couple of decades ago we never said the "mouse" word often. It was the computer mouse that made this word popular, because, yes, most of us don't like seeing a mouse running around the house. So, when someone says they caught a mouse and have it in their hand, well, it gets people more than just a bit curious. If you ever did want to mouse around, then tell people to say hello to your little friend.

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Ready, Steady, Go!

Use a Post-It note or piece of paper, roll it into a cone shape, tape it closed and draw some eyes and whiskers – so it looks like a mouse head that you can slip onto the end of your finger. Alternatively, use the pro version available from Coolfidence HQ.

With your new little friend, the mouse puppet, on your finger, start creating some intrigue for friends, family or colleagues. Don't reveal the finger puppet at first. Pretend you've spotted something running around the room. Everyone knows a good mouse story. Tell them about the time a mouse ran behind your kitchen sink and you did not know what to do. Say you think that the mouse you just spotted now may be the cousin of the mouse behind the sink.


You ever caught a mouse in your hands?

Lend me your ears

Look around. As if your eyes are following something moving around fast. Jot your hear around, quickly, with a frantic look.


Did you see that? I think there’s a mouse running around in here.

Look around some more, try to get them to help you find it as well.


There it goes again.

Find a spot they can't see behind, like a picture frame or open cupboard door. Or position your body in front of theirs when you pretend to grab the critter.


Got it, wow, what a friendly little creature.

Some extra lines you can try (if they are still unsure)

  • I think I just found a new little friend.
  • I wonder what the cat is going to say about this.
  • A mouse in the hand makes it very difficult to blow your nose. Hang on, that actually may be a bird in the hand.
Seal the Deal and Reveal

With both hands cupped, dart the mouse puppet finger in and out of your enclosed hands, animating the head to look like it's peeking in and out, looking around.


I think he likes you.

Enjoy the smiles, then reveal the mouse head on your finger and give it away if you're feeling generous.

Some extra lines to possibly use

  • It's quick, give me a hand here.
  • Give him a good home… he doesn't even need to be fed.
  • This is great for kids and for adults who don't want to grow up.
  • You can even try this on your cat.
  • This is also a good icebreaker for cats.
  • He doesn't normally like strangers, he must sense that you're a good person.
Alternative ending

You could always pretend to kill the mouse by slamming your fists down and squashing it. If you have some ketchup nearby, by some chance, you could add a dab in the palm of your hand and then when you squash the mouse it will reveal the gory ending. This is not for the feint hearted so proceed on this path with caution. You don't want to alert other mice in the area.

Anticipated responses and retorts

Do you really have a mouse in your hand?

I have something in my hand. It could be a mouse. But it also could be a cool surprise.

Do you often mouse around like this?

They say a mouse in the hand is worth two in the bush.

Where did you learn how to do this?

Online, at
Good follow ups
When & where
When to use it
  • Best to use it in area where people are standing around instead of sitting down.
  • When you want to get people to feel comfortable.
  • When you want to get people curious.
  • When you want to get people animated and involved – the mouse captures imaginations.
Where to use it
  • office
  • corporate exhibitions
  • at home
  • socializing at a bar
Getting ready
Items required
  • a piece of paper or a Post-It Note
  • a felt pen (like a Sharpie marker)
  • folded up a Post-It Note and stick it down to form a small paper cone.
  • use a felt pen to draw in the eyes and whiskers and perhaps a smile.
  • Have the mouse puppet ready in your pocket. Be careful not to squash it too much if you keep it in your pant's pocket.
Training required
  • You can do this in front of a mirror – you will master it in no time.
Watch out (potential unexpected effects)
  • Many people are afraid of mice, so be careful not to scare anyone.

type type

Do It Yourself (DIY)

material material

a Post-It Note and a pen, and also, a dab of glue stick in case the paper cone does not want to stay in place

size size

small (it fits on your middle finger)

durability durability

it is a cone made of paper – try not to squash it

source source

Mighty Mouse

time to impact time to impact

pretty much there and then

size of audience size of audience

this works one-on-one or in a group

possible health risk possible health risk

try not to scare anyone

reusable how many times you can use it

typically once on a person or group of people, but most people like to see it again

training needed training needed

minimal – if you can cup your hands and move your middle finger then you are in business

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