Skip to main content

Generosity - The Mitten

All of the children agree that sharing is being generous so we explored this idea further today. We read  Jan Brett's story of the Ukrainian folktale  The Mitten. Nikolai asks his Grandma to knit him a mitten. When Nikolai is out in the snow, he drops his mitten.  A mole finds the mitten and crawls inside. The story goes on with other animals crawling into the mitten to stay warm. In the end, the bear sneezes sending the mitten into the air and Nikolai catches it.

The mole was the first to crawl into the mitten.  The children thought he was generous to let the next animal crawl in.  As the mitten became crowded Bela noticed how all of the animals still let in others to share the space.  This led to us talking about sharing spaces at Creative Minds. We used this story to practice our math skills keeping track of the number and order of the animals as they crawled into the mitten.

Using their fine motor skills, each child sewed a mitten.  There was some frustration threading the needle and sewing the mitten but the children showed determination as they completed the task.


Popular posts from this blog

Say Hello


Verdi: Catapults

Verdi, a young python, does not want to change.  The last thing he wants his to turn from his beautiful yellow to boring green. Verdi tries to change his colour back to yellow by scrubbing his skin and then covering it with mud. Nothing works.  He notices that the sky is bright yellow just like he used to be. Verdi launches himself from the treetops certain that his flight will change him back to yellow.

How did Verdi fly through the air? What a great opportunity to learn about catapults. Elastics and popsicle sticks were the only materials need to build a catapult.  First the children, used plastic snakes to sail through the area.  It was delightful to hear the excitement and the laughter as the children made  their "Verdi" fly.

I asked the children which would travel farther; a plastic snake or a pompom.  Most of the children though the heavier item, the snake, would travel a further distance.  The children were amazed at how far and how high a pompom could move.