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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.

Chorus:

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

Chorus:

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!

New Chorus:

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.


Five Little Snowmen Song Math Activities January 13 2015

CIRCLE TIME MATH

Singing the song. Using the flannelboard, chalkboard, Velcro® board or the floor, introduce this activity by placing the snowmen and numerals on the board. Without counting aloud, ask the children to estimate how many snowmen they think there are. Count them aloud with the students and then choose a child to find the correct corresponding numeral. Place the numeral on the board under the corresponding snowman. As you sing the song, remove each snowman as the song instructs. At the end add the four snowmen to the one left standing so that, once again, there are five snowmen.

Matching snowmen. Copy and cut out several snowmen that match the five you put all the board in the previous activity. Pass out one snowman to each child. Place one of the five snowmen up on the board. Ask the children to see if they have a matching snowman. If they have a match, invite them to place it next to yours.  Remove these and put up a different snowman. Repeat the activity so that each child has had a chance to match one of the five.

MOVEMENT MATH

Musical Hats. Work on one-to-one correspondence with children by playing this game. You will need a CD player or tape player, music and one hat for each child. It is best if each hat can be different.

Place all the hats in a pile in the middle of the room. When the music plays, the children parade around the room. When the music stops each child puts on a hat. Look around the room and see if each child has a hat. If there is still a hat on the ground, the children find who does not have one and make sure he/she gets one. Before the music starts again, the children toss the hats into the center. The next time the music stops they each need to pick out a hat that they have not worn before.

Find more great activities for this song in our MathMagic curriculum book and CD.


Dreidel song activities December 08 2014

Spin Like a Dreidel. If you can get a dreidel, demonstrate to the children how the dreidel spins and then falls. ( Call a local synagogue to get a dreidel or order one online.) Play the "Dreidel Song." The children spin around like a dreidel while the music plays. When you pause the music the children plop down on the floor similar to the way that a dreidel falls. When the music restarts, they get up and start spinning again. The children will want to do it over and over!

What is the holiday of Chanukah (Hanukkah)? This Jewish holiday falls at at the end of the year, but the date changes according to the lunar calendar. This year it begins on the evening of December 16 and ends on the evening of December 24.  It celebrates the rededication of the synagogue in Jerusalem when the Jewish soldiers, under the command of Judah Macabee, won back the Temple from the Syrians. When they recaptured the Synagogue the Jews found only enough oil to keep the eternal flame burning for a day, but miraculously the oil burned for eight days... long enough to make new oil. It is for this reason that Hanukkah is celebrate for eight days. In Jewish homes, a candle on the menorah is lit for each night of Hanukkah. Gifts are exchanged and families play the dreidel game and eat foods fried in oil. Potato latkes (pancakes) are a favorite Hanukkah food.