Well, to keep in with the season, and to encourage my soon six year old in her enthusiasm for wanting to learn to read and write (she won’t begin to learn this for another year and a half here in Sweden), we have started trying to read ‘The Mitten‘. A simple and repetitive tale about some animals hiding in a mitten!
I have been a bit ‘schooly’, and have set up an area with the book, a word wall, and some play activities relating to the book.
Firstly, of course, a little role play.
We didn’t have all the animals in the book, so changed ours, and later Maya also changed the story a little – to a rather scary crocodile eating up all the animals!
Next, a tray of salt to make ‘tracks’ with the animals (and other added objects). I decided against using real snow because it has the problem of melting so quickly…! We are always looking out for animal, bird and people tracks in the snow, so this is an activity the kids are used to. Nice to have a little role play with it this time too!
Our final activity is with mittens! Well, we have so many in this cold country, we may as well make it into a matching activity!
The following mitten matching activity was printed out from Kidsoup – I thought it would be too easy for Maya, but I was pleasantly surprised! The sheer amount of mittens with similar colours and patterns sometimes confused her, plus she loved pegging them on the line.
I love book related activities. Kids learn so much from them, and there are so many learning routes that can be taken. Plus I love the fact that different age groups can benefit from them. Just great!