I bet if you have been around awhile, you will remember Monkey Mitts. I love them and use them often; however, either I or my students were always misplacing the pieces that go with each story. This kept getting frustrating and I would often find myself not using them because I didn't have time to locate the pieces. I knew I had to find a way to keep all the pieces together and make these storytelling mitts more useful for kinders.
The solution: Hot glue gun and cheap fabric gardening gloves from the Dollar Tree.
This summer, I brought home all of those Monkey Mitt sets that were dumped into a bin and sorted through all of their pieces. I hot glued all of the pieces onto a fabric gardening mitt and now store them in a ziplock baggy with the book. I can very quickly find what I need to model retelling a story with my kinders and the added bonus is...the pieces can't get lost. After modeling how to use the retelling mitt, I add it to a bin at my puppet area with it's corresponding book. I am finding that this method is much more user friendly for my little ones and more storytelling is taking place because they don't have to go hunting for the missing pumpkin or monkey.
Here are a few pictures of my user friendly Monkey Mitts:
Also, here are a few pictures of some Thanksgiving Day Crafts that we made together. I just thought I would share them because they turned out so cute this year. I just love our scarecrows; however, I think they are too cute to spook anything away.