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The Mitten…Make Books Come Alive #3

For Children, acting out a book, or other activities is a way to expand imaginations, develop language, explore drama, promote literacy and build vocabulary.

So, are you using your children’s story books as a springboard into play?  Children love books and want to read them over and over..and over!  So use play as a way to expand and enrich their book experience.

Want to try something new and fun?  Choose a book, for this post, lets choose, “The Mitten” by Jan Brett.

Don’t have the book at home?  NO worries, you can watch and listen to it (and others) on You Tube at “Nook Online Storytime.”  use this link:



What a wonderful, wonderful, story and book!  The illustrations  are just so adorable. If you haven’t read it, it is about a young boy, who gets a pair of knitted mittens from his grandmother, and loses one in the forest.  Several animals, of all sizes, squeeze into it to enjoy its snugly warmth.  A fun story, with a funny ending.

Here are a few Enrichment Activities:

Cause and Effect:  Ask children 4 + years, the first half.  The answer is in italics.

                   What happened when…?

The animals squeezed into the mitten : the mitten stretched out.

The bear sneezed: the animals flew out of the mitten.

The animals were cold: they went into the mitten.

The mouse sat on the bear’s nose: the bear sneezed.

Real or Make Believe? 3 + years

Can a bear fit in a mitten?

Would a mouse sit on a bear’s nose?

Would a badger share his space?

Language Development:

Real Animal Habitat: 4 + years

Where do these animals live?  What do their homes look like?  What are their homes called?

Bear – den,   Rabbit – warren.   Badger – warren,  Owl – nest,  Mouse – nest,  Fox – den,  Mole- fortress, tunnel or burrow,  Hedgehog – den.

Play / Act out:

Using masking tape, make a large mitten shape on the floor.  See how many of your family members you can fit into this shape. Try it by standing in the shape, then by lying down.  Try to predict how many will fit, with everyone taking a guess first.  Perhaps use a blanket to cover everyone.  Is it snugly and warm?

try white (snow) play-dough, a mitten and animal figurines. I found the  most wonderful play-dough activity for this book.  Here is a link to a wonderful blog called MySmallPotatoes: http://mysmallpotatoes.com/2012/12/06/weekly-kids-co-op-the-mitten-an-enchanting-small-world-activity-inspired-by-an-enchanting-storybook


Crafts for Fine Motor Skills: lacing, cutting and painting.

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Sequencing Activity:

I found a song, sung to Farmer in the Dell that is a fun way to sequence this story, from Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/pin/183451384797521348/

This post came from:   http://www.firstgradewow.blogspot.com


LapBooks: a parent/child project worthy of taking on.

LapBooks are a brilliant way for kids to get together all the stuff they can find out about an activity and show it off.

I have found a couple great links to get you started.


and this one has some great printable pages for preschool.


I am hoping that you enjoy these activities from “The Mitten”, by Jan Brett.

Next Sunday we will look at “The Kissing Hand”, by Audrey Penn.

Reading with the young

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The majority of people know and agree that it is important to read to children.  If this is put into regular practice the results show up before the age of two.  These youngsters will bring you books to read for them.  At the age of two to two and a half, they will try to tell the story to you.  How cute is that!!!

Reading tricks:

A good practice when reading with your child is to track the words with your fingers.  It is instinctual, for most children to want to track from right to left, but in English, they must learn to track from left to right.  Hold your finger above the first word on the first line, and track across from there.  This method does not hide the lines under the first. The child can see that there are more words and lines to come, has an easier time dropping to the next line and eventually may read quicker than your finger is following.  Having your finger above the line does not impede with this process.

A case for encouraging reading:  3914152

My mother, being a prolific reader of good books, modeled for me the love of reading.  It taught me spelling, sentence structure, language skills, exposure to new words, knowledge and understanding.  I never realized the benefit of this until I was in grade nine.  In that grade, here in Alberta, we must write provincial exams and I scored extremely high in literature.  This dawning for me as to the importance of reading, influenced me in allowing my own children to be readers.  How, you may ask?  Well, sometimes reading was put before chores.  Allowing a child to read after bedtime, instead of a strict rule of lights out.

I worked in the public school system, in Alberta, for 20 years.  I often worked with children who were challenged or non-readers.  It is impossible to do well in any subject in school (math, science, story writing, social studies, etc) if one cannot read.  Not doing well in school often leads to poor self-esteem.  In my own opinion, the very best thing you can do for any child is to help them be proficient readers.

Happy Reading!! And Read,Read,Read!     44764078