I have my list of favorite winter books that come out each season to be poured over time and time again until the spring time rolls around and they go back to their cozy spot in the basement. The Mitten always seems to be the book everyone wants to read first. I love Jan Brett books, her illustration style is nostalgic for me and fun for the children. I also love that her website has a huge activity section full of free printables to accompany her books.
After reading the story to the children, I tell it again using my own mitten and animals. I let the children put the animals in the mitten as we talk about them squeezing into it, at the end I make a big sneezing sound and shake them out all over. The children love it and I then let them make their own mitten and animals.
Print out the two mittens (a front and a back) along with the animals, get the PDF file here. Color and cut them out.
I like to glue the top half of the mitten together so when the children insert the animals, they don't get stuck at the end of the mitten. This also keeps the mitten together while they are trying to "knit" them.
Next, take a hole punch and make holes all around the mitten to string yarn through.
It is now time for the children to "knit" their own mittens just like Baba did for Nikki. I tied a stretch of yarn at one end and put a piece of tape at the other to make it easier to insert in each hole.
I showed them how they can string the yarn through, but Little Man came up with his own "stitch" half way through that looked pretty impressive to Mama.
Now, I let the Little Ones have fun telling me the story with their own mitten and animals. They will use these all season and they love to show them off to everyone!
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