Forest Biome: The Mitten — Activities


Today in our study of the forest animal habitat we read The Mitten. (affiliate link) We read Jan Brett’s book first.

Using the beautiful mitten masks by Jan Brett the kids reenacted the story by putting the animal into the mitten (the kids are holding up the masks in the picture above). The mitten is just a file folder, drawn in the shape of a mitten.

Jan Brett’s printables for this story are free at her website:

TheMitten-Free-Printables-HSDUpdate: We have some new animal printables about the animals featured in this story! They are FREE!

The Mitten Printable Animal Activities

The Mitten - Animal PrintablesI also printed out the animal worksheets about these forest animals from That is a membership website, but it’s one of my favorite resources because I love the quality of their materials. In a couple of days I’ll share the animal tracks activity we did. Update, you’ll find that here: Forest Animal Track Activities

Anyway, after we reenacted the mitten story a couple of times (we also had the version available at enchanted learning), we did a quick hedgehog craft.

Hedgehog Craft:

  • cut strips of brown/black paper into triangles
  • glue onto the body
  • add eyes, a nose and ears

By the way, our activities all took place outside today because the kids built a very elaborate cubby house!!

Forest-Jan-Brett-Mitten-ActivityJPG-001The hedgehog craft idea was from (which was a paid membership I had when the kids were little).



If your kids enjoyed this book and learning about these forest animals, they might also like the stories about Bear and his friends – mouse, hare, badger, gopher, mole, wren, raven who all gather in Bear’s cave while he is hibernating.  This is called Bear Snores On (affiliate link):

Bear Snores OnAnother book by the same author, Bear Wants More (affiliate link), shows how much Bear eats after waking up from his long hibernation.

Bear Wants MoreYou might find these FREE Bear printables of interest too. It includes a — Bear Size Sorting Activity, What Do Bears Eat Activity, Color Matching Activity.  You’ll find these at this post: Bear Lapbook

Bear Activities PreK - Free Printable

P.S. I wanted to mention we just shared our huge new Winter Packet.  We talked about why/how the seasons occur and we talked in quite some depth about Antarctica an the Arctic again… among other things.  My girls in particular were interested in learning more about the animals. The packet includes lapbook pieces about a number of polar animals and we’ll talk in a bit more depth about penguins, seals & sea lions, and whales.  🙂

Winter Polar Unit - Penguins Whales Worksheets and MoreThe first part is about 60 pages and covers topics such as Earth’s axis, the months and seasons, the Arctic vs. Antarctica, and goes in depth about various polar animals. The second part, pages 63 to 78, includes some PreK activities. Click here to find out more: Winter Packet

Winter PreK Packet

We also have a huge 60+ page Dinosaur Packet for 3 to 7 year olds!

Dinosaur Unit

Other related posts you might be interested in:


Animal-Unit-Vertebrate-Invertebrate-Groups-Worksheet-PacketBiomes Worksheets and Cards

Biomes-WorksheetsWorld Animals Packet:
World Animals Worksheets Activity Pages

Rainforest Packet

Rainforest Unit Worksheets and Activities


You might also want to check out our Preschool Resource Page and if your kids are a little older, you might find the free 50 page resource guide for creating your own homeschool curriculum helpful. We also have one for Grades 2-3 (and one for Grade 4-5 and 6-8 is in the works!!)

Homeschool Curriculum Kindergarten Grade 1

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