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:


We have some new animal printables about the animals featured in this story! They are FREE printables!

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).



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!

Mitten Activities Packet ages 4-6The Mitten Activities Packet is 40 pages.  It is $3.50.

Be sure to check out the Winter BUNDLE option below!

Mitten Activities Packet


Don’t forget to check your PayPal email address for the download link.

Mitten Activity PreK Pack

Mitten Activity Pages

Again, you can read about the Winter BUNDLE here.


Big Animal Bundle

Big Animal BUNDLE - with 8 pdfs

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)

Our units are PDF downloads. Be sure to check your PayPal email address for the download link. If you have any questions or problems feel free to email me! You should get your automatic download link from SendOwl within a few minutes. If you don’t, be sure to email me if you need me to send the link to you again!  ~Liesl

   $19.99 Big Animal Bundle including  1) Animal Unit, 2) World Animals Packet, 3) Rainforest Packet, 4) Life Cycles Packet, 5) Winter Packet plus 6) you’ll also received the Cicada Packet 7) Chameleons Packet 8) Wolves Packet.

or purchase them individually here at this page: Big Animal BUNDLE.

Big Animal BundleWolves Mini-Unit Worksheets Notebook Activities Lapbook Learn all about wolves - worksheets

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

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.  🙂

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 PacketPolar Animals - Winter Unit Worksheets and ActivitiesPolar Animals LapbookPolar Animals WorksheetsWhale worksheets and activitiesThe Winter Packet also includes a 25-pages  on Hibernation

Hibernation Unit for KidsWhere do animals hibernate - interactive notebook activity matching page tracing pageWhere do animals spend the winter - hiberniculaWinter Packet - Earth's Axis, Seasons, Arctic Antarctica, Polar Animals Hibernation and more

Other related posts you might be interested in:

Our BIG Animal Bundle – a set of 8 pdfs  Visit this post – BIG Animal Bundle or Our Store for more details.

Big Animal Bundle - Worksheets and Activities TOPICS

World Animals Packet: Animals from the 7 continents

World Animal Unit - Worksheets Activities Montessori CardsAnimal 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!

Animal-Unit-100-pages-worksheets-feathers-fur-scales-skin-vertebrates-invertebrates-insects-spidersAnimal Track ActivitiesHerbivores Carnivores Omnivores Worksheets Activities Sorting CardsAnimal Homes and Shelters - Where do animals live worksheetsVertebrate - Invertebrate Worksheets

Rainforest Packet

Rainforest Worksheets - Booklet - Notebook Pages Rainforest Layers Worksheets Rainforest Notebook Pages - WorksheetsRainforest Booklet Worksheets

Rainforest Unit Worksheets and ActivitiesWe also have a huge 60+ page Dinosaur Packet for 3 to 7 year olds!

Dinosaur UnitDinosaur Lapbook Dinosaur Unit Activities

Other related posts you might be interested in:


Animal Unit - 100-page Animal Characteristics Vertebrates Invertebrates Spiders Insects Animal Homes and more Animal-Unit-100-pages-worksheets-feathers-fur-scales-skin-vertebrates-invertebrates-insects-spiders

Biomes 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

You might also be interested in our Consonant Blend Activities: The set includes L-blends, R-blends and S-blends and include sorting cards, worksheets and games!

Consonant Blend BUNDLE - L-BLends R-Blends S-Blends

S-Blend Worksheets Games and Activities Packet

Consonant Blend Games and Activities - S-Blends

You might also our Spelling Activities and Games. For many years we used (and loved!) All About Spelling. (affiliate link)  My kids made their way through six volumes! Along the way, I made some bright colorful games to practice the various rules.  My kids would beg to play “just one more round” of spelling bingo or the spelling board games (which was a win for me!). You can check out all of our spelling activity sets here.

Spelling BUNDLE - Activities and Games

Long A Sound Words a ai ay ei ey eigh silent e Activitiesow ou oy oi aw au Word Sort-Activitiesk-sound-spelling-word-sort-activitiesie ei worksheets games and activites for spellling practice

Our K-2 Math BUNDLE includes more than 20 PDFs for just $5.50. Click here for more details: K-2 Math BUNDLE K-2 Math BUNDLE Addition Subtraction shapes clocks calendar and more

A few close-ups of what is included:


Addition Subtraction - Cars Worksheet Packet

Subtraction Packet - Spring ThemeMath Fact Families 11s through 13sMontessori-Style-Addition-WorksheetsDays of the Week Months of the Year Seasons Worksheets and BookletClocks - Telling Time Matching Activity and Practice Worksheets

Free Geometry Shapes Worksheets and Games

One last quick resource… You may be interested in our FREE Solar System Packet!  You can find out more here: Free Solar System PrintablesFree Solar System Unit for Kids - Solar System ActivitiesFREE Solar System PacketFree Planet Worksheets - Solar System Unit

See you again soon here or over at our Homeschool Den Facebook Page! Don’t forget to Subscribe to our Homeschool Den Newsletter. You might also want to check out some of our resources pages above (such as our Science, Language Arts, or History Units Resource Pages) which have links to dozens of posts.  You might want to join our free Homeschool Den Chat Facebook group.  Don’t forget to check out Our Store as well. :) Homeschool Den StoreAgain, if you are interested in joining our Homeschool Den Newsletter, feel free to subscribe here.

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