“The Mitten” by Jan Brett is my favorite winter story. It’s a perk of snowy days in Ohio. We have plenty of snow covered experiences and chances to talk about adventures in The Mitten.
I was cruising Pinterest a few weeks ago prepping for my ‘Mitten’ week. I knew I had materials to print my huge book companion packet but I wanted to add a hands-on component to my set. I saw an awesome idea on My Small Potatoes for making an activity set. I thought it was brilliant so I tried it!
So I set out to buy the creatures from The Mitten. I couldn’t find them all in one nice package so I decided to order several Toob sets. I also grabbed some animals in my Meijer toy department. You can see all the links on Amazon widget below. I found everything except a mole. Luckily the kid didn’t mind using the ferret toy and using pretending it was a mole.
I added white play-doh (with some glitter thrown in) to the bottom of a shallow box. We added trees to make a forest and then we dropped our mitten into the snow.
For most of my students, I read the story as they acted it out with our story box. Then we played, make footprints in the snow and just played! Then he kids got the chance to retell the story themselves. There is SO much language to be had using the story box!
If you make your own version, link up on Instagram using #speechroomnews so I can check it out!
If you’re using The Mitten, make sure you check out my downloadable book companion! It has over 500 perfect 4/4 star ratings on TpT!! Thanks for making it one of the best selling items in my store!
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Super cute. Great minds think alike! I got all the same animals AND a mitten to retell this week, but I couldn’t find a badger!! Now I need a tub with snow and trees 🙂
I can’t find a mole! Where did you find yours?!
I ordered it from Amazon!
Sue G says
I love this idea but when I added it all up from your amazon widget it came to over $63….whew. Just wondering if your school paid for this or was this out of pocket for you. I am trying to make story boxes for 10 stories including traditional stories: 3 little pigs, goldilocks and the 3 bears, 3 billy goats gruff etc I am wondering if you have made any of these or others? I just love how yours turned out and I can’t wait to make one for my JK class too! Thanks for sharing this.
Awesome idea! Kids would love it!!
Love the Mitten by Jan Brett and love this great idea for story box!!! Thank you for also including where to get animals. I am making this today!!
Where did you get your animals ?
I’m also looking for links to the animals. Thanks!
Will you post the link to the animals, please?