Mittens and More: A Book and a Big Idea

“The Mitten” Motivates

Motivated by The Mitten

This year as winter begins to set in, and early on seeing a colder start to the winter, I am reminded of “The Mitten.” One of my favorite children’s stories. I’ve included affiliate links below so you can take a peek or even purchase a copy of the book or unit studies for your own homeschool.

If you are not familiar with this book. The story has been around for a long time. It originally was a Ukrainian folk tale and has been retold many times. Most recently made famous by author Jan Brett.

The Mitten book

When I was in college, ahem, a while ago, I was in a children’s theater troupe. We traveled to elementary schools performing improvisational skits for the children. One story that we did was “The Mitten.” 

We told the story entirely using improv to act out the story scene. We each pretended to be one of the animals of the story, seeking a warm place to hide in winter, finding ourselves cozy inside “The Mitten.”

When I see snow lying on the ground, I think of this wonderful, timeless children’s story. I think of how God protects the wee little animals of the forest with cozy dens, warm nests and boroughs keeping them safe and warm during long winter months.

Motivation for Benevolence

Then I started thinking about those who are less fortunate than I and my family are. I thought about how cold this winter is, and how cold they must be. Then the book “The Mitten” came to my mind. That’s when I had this Big Idea as I am reminded of the words of Jesus.

He said, “‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.’.”

Matthew 25:40.

I have decided that this year, Jonathan and I will collect mittens, gloves and scarves to take to our local homeless shelter. Perhaps we can provide just a small measure of comfort to those who are in need.
While we are honored to offer whatever we can, I know that our small family with our limited finances can only go so far, so I decided to invite our homeschool group to join us in this project. So for the next few weeks, the children of our group will be collecting mittens for the homeless.

But what if we could do even more? How about you? Could you also wherever you are located, collect new, or gently used, mittens and gloves and take them to your own local homeless shelter?

Shelters vary from community to community. In mine, there are men, women and children, so we will be collecting for all ages. Check with your local shelter, then decide if and how you too can offer a bit of encouragement to those in need this winter. It’s going to be a cold one.

Unit Studies for The Mitten

Want to take it further?

You can do a unit study of “The Mitten” with your children.

Free Printable Worksheets for The Mitten
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to go along with the
Story of “The Mitten.”

I am also sharing links for other unit studies for “The Mitten.”

How about you? What is your favorite children’s story? How do you bring it into reality for your children and what Big Ideas do you get when you read it?

This post is a part of the iHomeschool Network’s “. Stop in and visit with my friends to see what their Big Ideas are for this winter.


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