The Mitten

Help your child try the art of acting!

For this Activity you will need:

  • The book: The Mitten by Jan Brett
  • A mitten
  • Pictures of animals from the book


  1. Show your child the book, The Mitten.
  2. Read your child the story. As you are reading, talk with your child about the pictures in the book.
  3. Once you have finished reading the book, ask her: "Did you like the story? What was your favorite part?"
  4. Show your child the animal pictures and the mitten. Ask your child if she remembers them from the story.
  5. Next, ask your child to use the animals and mitten to act out the story. If your child has trouble, suggest that she use the book as a guide.

Next Steps/Follow-Up:

  • Have your child act out The Mitten, using a sleeping bag (as the mitten) and herself as the animals.
  • Read stories with your child and then act out the stories.
  • Let your child play or pretend with puppets, dolls or stuffed animals. Encourage your child to tell you about her day, a favorite thing, or something that might happen in the future.

Background Information:

The arts involve:

  • Trying different arts activities, such as dancing, singing, acting, painting and drawing.
  • Asking questions about and looking for new ways to dance, make music, act or create art.
  • Using different art materials, such as puppets, costumes, instruments, paint, glue, scissors and crayons.
  • Showing an interest in other children’s art activities.

When your child starts school, she will be more likely to do well if she is able to do these things.


You can help your child develop skills in the arts by doing this activity.

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