“The Mitten” by Jan Brett and Puppet Fun

This is my favorite literacy project to do with children. There are few books as loved by kids as “The Mitten” by Jan Brett. Winter is a great time to read “The Mitten” and create this cute craft with the kids in your care.

As you read “The Mitten” the children will love when a Ukaranian boy named Nikki loses his white mitten in the snow. All the animals in the forest snuggle into the mitten to get warm and cozy in the book. Readers enjoy the detailed illustrations and seeing what animal will snuggle into the mitten next.

After reading “The Mitten” click here to print out the mitten templates to make the fun puppet project.

The kids will make a mitten and the animal characters from the story can be kept in the mitten!

You Will Need:

The Book “The Mitten
Heavyweight or Card Stock Pinter Paper
Crayons and/or Markers
Jumbo Craft Sticks
Scissors
Stapler
Printer

What to Do:

1. Print out the mitten and animals by clicking here.

2. Allow the children to color their mitten and use a scissor to cut it out.

3. Have them color the animals and cut them out. You can help younger kids cut out their animals if necessary.

4. Staple or paste the animals to a jumbo crafts stick to make each a puppet.

5. Help the children staple the mitten along the sides of the mitten allowing about 1 to 2 inches to not be stapled at the top of the sides of the mitten. Do not staple the the top of the mitten.

6. When reading “The Mitten” the children can act along with the story by putting the animals in their mitten! Or they can play anyway they like with the characters from the book.

You can purchase your own copy of “The Mitten” by tapping the title of the book in this review or by visiting my storefront by clicking here.

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