“Once there was a boy named Nicki who wanted his new mittens made from wool as white as snow.” ~Jann Brett, The Mitten
From the time my oldest children were small, we have loved the story of The Mitten. Jan Brett’s illustrations are exquisite. Her attention to detail is so incredible, that each time we read the story, we find something we didn’t see before…it’s magic.
It’s a story of a young boy who wanted his grandmother to knit him mittens the colour of the snow. His grandmother worries he will lose them in the snow and not be able to see them. Nicky does indeed, lose one mitten in the snow. The forest creatures come one by one, seeking shelter in the warmth of the mitten, and well, you’ll have to read the rest yourself…
I have wanted to create a small world activity for this book for a really long while. And I finally have. No, the animals are not to scale with each other, nor with the mitten, and we don’t have a mole. Have you ever tried to find a toy mole? Anyway, the smalls didn’t mind. They thought the activity was perfect.
This is what you will need to build this book-inspired play activity…You can use your favourite play dough recipe and just add glitter to give the play dough a snowy sparkle. I used about half the jar of glitter for a doubled dough recipe…We read the story together, and I brought each plastic animal out as they appeared in the story and let the smalls put them in the mitten. ( I found our mitten at the local thrift store, and the animals are by Safari Ltd. and Schleich) By the time the bear arrived, the mitten was pretty full! When we were finished reading the book, I set out the play dough, the book, the mitten, the trees, and all the animals on the table with rolling pins and let them play.Each child played differently than the other…which is the beauty of an open-ended, imaginative play activity. Miss G decided to make her mitten out of the play dough itself…Mr. Pancakes made a snowy landscape, filling his trees with sparkly play dough and placing his animals where he pleased…Miss Coco incorporated the actual mitten in her scene, tucking everyone in safe and warm…There was footprint-making…Owls hooting…And a lot of checking back with the book from time to time to see what happened next…The children played until the sun began to disappear from the sky. So much imagination and creativity and happy chatter went on in my kitchen on this snowy afternoon. It was enchanting to watch.And when everyone was finished, we packed the animals up in the warm mitten and put everything in a small bin to be played with again tomorrow…
Now it is your turn to play with us! It’s time for the Weekly Kid’s Co-op! If you have a kid-friendly activity you’d like to share, click the link below and follow the simple steps. If you don’t have a blog and still want to play, click the link and visit all the other blogs that have already linked up! There are always dozens and dozens of fabulous ideas to explore. Enjoy!
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~Arlee, Small Potatoes