Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Surprise Box -- The Mitten

If you aren't familiar with the author Jan Brett, you really should check out some of her books from the library.  They are so interesting and the pictures are very well done.  This week's surprise box theme is "The Mitten."

Surprise Box Contents

Books: The Mitten, Jan Brett. Footprints in the Snow, Cynthia Benjamin. Bear Snores On, (I picked this on because it has similar animals as "The Mitten" and the bears sneezes in both stories).

Activity: Felt MItten with laminated animals to go with the story "The Mitten."  Follow the patterns here and here.  I traced the mitten on two pieces of white felt and hot glued the pieces together.  I colored the animals and laminated them.  If you don't have a laminator they can be paper, just be ready for them to get a little worn down.

For the first day we reviewed with the story to put the animals in the mitten in order just as the story.  As you do this throughout the week you can challenge your child to do it from memory.

Skills worked on

  • Recognizing similar animals in different stories
  • Sequencing in a story
  • Animal recognition
  • Following directions
  • Enjoyment 
  • Listening to Stories
For more surprise box ideas, go here!

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