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:
The Mitten Printable Animal Activities
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).
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
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.
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
We also have a huge 60+ page Dinosaur Packet for 3 to 7 year olds!
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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!!)
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