Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Mitten Songs

Mittens on My Hands (sung to The Wheels on the Bus). 
The mittens on hands cover my fingers
The hat on my head covers my ears...
The scarf around my neck is oh so long...
The boots on my feet jump in the snow...
The coat on my body keeps me warm

Teaching Ideas:
1. Have the clothing items in the song and dress yourself or a child

Mittens Mittens
Mittens Mittens for the snow time, when the world is white.
Mittens for my two hands, (hold up hands)
Mittens left & right (show left & right)
Mittens with a thumb place (show thumb)
Mittens warm and snug
Mittens make me feel like a bug inside a rug (hug self)

Three Little Kittens (tune-Three Blind Mice)
Three little kittens, Three little kittens.
Lost their mittens, Lost their mittens.
They all ran around with their tails in the air.
Looking for their mittens everywhere.
They found them hiding under the chair.
Those three little kittens,  Those three little kittens.

Teaching Ideas:
1. Talk about the way kittens and mittens rhyme.  Can you think of an animal that rhymes with hat? (rat, cat, bat) How about coat?  (goat)
2. Hide the items and have three children go look for them

The Mitten: for Jan Brett's The Mitten
(to the tune of "The Farmer in the Dell")
The mitten on the ground.
The mitten on the ground.
Brrr- Brrr It's cold outside.
The mitten on the ground.
The (mole) snuggles in.
The (mole) snuggles in.
Brrr- Brrr  It's cold outside.
The (mole) snuggles in.
(After the last animal, all pretend to sneeze and fall out of the mitten.) 

Teaching Ideas:
1. Sing the song as you read the book
2. Have a white table cloth and have students pretend to be the different animals in the mitten

Mitten Mates Sung to: "If You're Happy And You Know It"
Each mitten has a mate, has a mate.
Each mitten has a mate, has a mate.
Can (child's name) find the pair?
(He/She) is looking here and there.
Can (child's name) find the mate.
Find the mate? 

Have several pairs of mittens for the children to match.  You could make some on card stock or have the children bring in some mittens from home.

Winter Pokey

You put your right mitten in,
You take your right mitten out.
You put your right mitten in,
And you shake it all about.
You do the winter pokey, [shiver]
And you turn yourself around.
That's what it's all about!

Others Include:
You put your left mitten in....
You put your right boot....
You put your left boot....
You put your winter hat in....
You put your snowsuit (whole body) in....

Dressed and Undressed 
The day is cloudy and the wind is bold. 
Dress up warmly, you mustn't get cold!
Put on your coat and zip it up tight, 
Put on your left boot, put on your right.
Put on your scarf and put on your hat, 
(ut on your mittens and clap-clap-clap!
Go outside and play and play. 
Come in again, and then we'll say-
Take off your coat that was zipped up tight, 
Take off your left boot, take off your right.
Take off your scarf, take off your hat,
Take off your mittens, and then take a nap! 
Act out this fun action poem.

Recommended Reading
1. The Mitten by Jan Brett
2. Three Little Kittens by Paul Galdone
3. The Missing Mitten Mystery by Steven Kellogg
4. One Mitten by Kristine O'Connell

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