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Jackets & Mittens

These are the books we read for today's well-attended Storytime. The Jacket I Wear In The Snow by Shirley Neitzel is a book with a patterned story and rebus-type illustrations. Small listeners quickly recognized the patterns and were adding the upcoming details as I read. The Mitten, retold by Jim Aylesworth, is based on the Ukranian folk tale of a child who loses a mitten in the snow and the animals who come along to occupy it. Finally, In the Snow: Who's Been Here by Lindsay Barrett George tells of a brother and a sister walking in the snowy woods and finding evidence of the creatures who live there.

At craft time, children decorated an oversized paper mitten with crayons, stickers, and paint-daubers, then attached it to a flattened paper bag. Each child had copies of the five animals in The Mitten, which they could color (or not!), then use to slide into the mitten-bag to recreate or retell the story!

Finally, our song. We love this mitten weather!
Put On Your Mittens 
(sung to "Up on the Housetop")
Put on your mittens, it's cold I fear, (pretend to put on mittens)
Now that winter snow is here. (hug self and shiver)
Play in the yard and when you're done, (pretend to make snowballs & stomp around)
Pull off your mittens, one by one. (pretend to take off mittens)
It's fun to play - in the snow! (pretend to toss armfuls of snow)
It's fun to play - in the snow! (pretend to toss armfuls of snow)
Play in the yard and when you're done, (pretend to make snowballs & stomp around)
Pull off your mittens, one by one. (pretend to take off mittens)

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