My preschoolers this year are into retelling activities, more so than many previous classes. So I had fun creating some story stones to go along with one of my favorite Jan Brett books. They’re great to use with a variety of The Mitten activities, and my preschoolers seem to enjoy them.
making story rocks for The Mitten activities
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Originally, I was hoping to use small animal toys like I did with a Little Red Hen activity. However, that wasn’t cost effective (I wanted to use what I already had). Then I decided story rocks would be fun! I love the hand-painted story stones that Thrive360Living creates, but I don’t have that kind of talent! So here’s what I did –
1. I went to Jan Brett’s site because she has tons of resources there! She has printable masks of the animals from The Mitten. You can download the whole set and print them off to use as masks, but I wanted them smaller. So I just copied and pasted them into Word and shrunk the graphic down. Once I had each animal the way I wanted, I printed out the page and brought it to school.
2. I cut out each small printout of the animals and matched each animal to a river rock. We have a ton of rocks in our science center, so I grabbed 8 that would fit the graphics.
3. I mixed some water with some white glue in a little cup. Then I painted a little bit of this glue mixture on a stone, added the cutout animal, and painted more glue on top. I think I went a little heavy-handed with the glue, but everything’s holding together well!
4. Once the front was dried, I wrote the animals name on the back of the stone. I think I’m going to go back and paint over the words with diluted glue too.
A week’s worth of preschool lesson plans all themed around Jan Brett’s book “The Mitten”! Includes math, science, literacy, art, sensory, and building activities, along with 10+ printables.
The Mitten activities for preschool
Retelling The Mitten
One of my sweet preschool parents donated a spare white mitten for this! Using the book as a guide, the kiddos helped me retell the story. Our mitten flew the air and was stuffed with animals by the end. We even recreated a giant bear sneeze.
The kids could do this forever and ever. No, really. We haven’t hit an end to this activity yet! 🙂
Math with The Mitten
Add a little math to this retelling activity! I grabbed number tiles, one through eight. The kids helped me put the story rocks in order from first to eighth. Each rock was given it’s own number. It was interesting to see which kiddos enjoyed ordering and numbering the stones (in comparison to those who enjoyed acting out the retelling).
All in all, our preschool The Mitten activities were a hit. Those little story stones are well-loved, and they seem to be holding up well. Every time we’ve used them, a teacher has been supervising or involved. I’m going to add the stones, the mitten, the number tiles, and a white piece of felt to a small bin. I’ll place this little story box in our reading center soon!