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:
We have some new animal printables about the animals featured in this story! They are FREE printables!
I also printed out the animal worksheets about these forest animals from http://kidssoup.com/. 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.
- 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!!
The hedgehog craft idea was from http://kidssoup.com/ (which was a paid membership I had when the kids were little).
NEW!! We have a new 40-page Mitten packet. It includes lots of fun activities, games and printables to work on numbers, counting, letters, basic addition or subtraction, skip counting, clocks and more!
Note: The new Mitten Packet is also available in the Winter BUNDLE!
Be sure to check out the Winter BUNDLE option below!
Mitten Activities Packet
Again, you can read about the Winter BUNDLE here.
Big Animal Bundle
Do your kids love animals as much as mine do? Be sure to check out our Big Animal Bundle (8 pdfs!). Kids will learn all about animals…
- Vertebrates vs. invertebrates
- Spiders vs. insects
- Animal tracks
- World animals – learn about the animals of the 7 continents
- The animal life cycles – This packet helps kids become familiar with the different stages in the life cycles of the chicken, sea turtle, frog, mosquito, butterfly, dragonfly, bee, mouse, and ladybug.
- The Rainforest – Learn about all about the rainforest, animals and insects of the rainforest and more!
- Winter – learn why we have seasons, the differences between the Arctic and Antarctica, learn all about Polar Animals, learn why animals hibernate
- Cicada Mini-Unit
- Chameleons Mini-Unit
- New! Wolves Mini-Unit
- and more!
Visit this post, Big Animal Bundle, for more details (or scroll down below for more pictures!) It includes the 5 main units plus 3 mini-units (on cicadas, chameleons, and wolves)
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):
Another book by the same author, Bear Wants More (affiliate link), shows how much Bear eats after waking up from his long hibernation.
You 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
You might want to check out this Nocturnal Animal packet (which is included in our Animal Packet):
You might also want to check out our huge new Winter Packet. It’s recently been updated to include a unit on Hibernation as well! 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. 🙂
The 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
The Winter Packet also includes a 25-pages on Hibernation
Other related posts you might be interested in:
Animal Unit: You might be interested in our animal unit which covers the 5 vertebrate groups and their characteristics, feather, fur or scales, the main invertebrate groups, insects vs. spiders, animal tracks, animal homes and shelters and more!
We also have a huge 60+ page Dinosaur Packet for 3 to 7 year olds!
Other related posts you might be interested in:
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!!)
Disclosure: Please note that some of the links in this post are affiliate links, and at no additional cost to you, I will earn a commission if you decide to make a purchase.