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!   (Coming out out Dec. 14, 2016)

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

Other related posts you might be interested in:


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


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