Learning with "The Mitten" song February 23 2015
The Mitten is a wonderful folktale that we have put to music. Get your song download (free until 2/28/15) at www.PandaBooks.com. Here are the lyrics to The Mitten by Stephanie Burton followed by activities:
THE MITTEN song by Stephanie Burton
Song on Wiggle, Giggle and Learn CD (click to learn about the CD or order online)
There was a little mouse that was walking in the snow, She was very, very cold; she had no place to go,
‘Til she saw a mitten and climbed inside, and there she stayed for a very long time.
Then came a bunny that was hopping in the snow, he was very, very cold; he had no place to go,
“Til he saw a mitten and climbed inside, and there the two friends stayed for a very long time.
So snuggle up and cuddle up and wiggle all around,
Make lots of room in the lovely house you’ve found,
It may be just a mitten but it’s a home to you, it's safe and warm inside.
Along came a fox with her friend the bear. They saw the mitten laying there,
They asked if there was any more space, then wiggled and wiggled, ‘til there was a place
Well that poor mitten it was stretched a lot, when along came a chipmunk looking for a spot,
It climbed right up on the big bear’s nose, Which made the bear sneeze (achoo-o-o!)
And the mitten explode!
They tumbled out and stumbled out and landed in the snow;
The mitten was now gone, they had nowhere to go.
So they said their sweet good-byes and went along their way,
That bright and snowy day.
Act out the story: Prepare a large people-sized "mitten" by covering a table with a white sheet allowing the sides of the sheet to hang down over the edge of the table. If you have a large group you might need to put two tables together and use two sheets. This will be your "mitten." The animals in the song include a mouse, bunny, fox, bear, and chipmunk. The children can decide which animal they would like to be and when that animal is mentioned in the song, they get to move like that animal and go into the "mitten." During the chorus, they can "snuggle" with their friends in the mitten. When the bear sneezes at the end of the song, the children all scurry out of the "mitten" to someplace else in the room. You can print out clip art pictures of the animals and hand them out to the children so that they remember which animal they chose. They can then either hold the picture or you might want to put it on a headband or a necklace for them to wear.
Count out: Count how many of each animal the class chose for acting out the story. Add all of the animals together to find out how many animals squeezed into the glove all together.
Graph it: Using the clip art pictures that you used for the song, make a line graph of how many of each animal there were when you acted out the song.
Rhyme it: Have fun thinking of all of the words that rhyme with the animals in the song…mouse, bunny, fox, bear, chipmunk (good luck with that last one!)
Fun Phonics: See if anyone in the group has a name that starts with the same letters as the animals in the song: m for mouse, f for fox, b for bunny or bear and ch for chipmunk.
Language Development: After the children have scurried out of the mitten ask each one where their animal went when it came out of the snow.