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Literature  Mitten Literature
Enhance language and literacy skills as youngsters discuss The Mitten by Jan Brett during this preschool activity from Bev J.

Materials: The book The Mitten by Jan Brett,  mitten cut out of construction paper
magazines so that children may find animals to cut out or for very young children already have them cut out.

Description: Read The Mitten by Jan Brett and talk about the animals and how they all fit into the mitten. For an art activity have the children glue the animal pictures on to the mitten, as many as they can.

Clothespin Hang
Young children use small motor, color recognition and matching skills during this activity by Erica T.

Materials: Cut outs of seasonal items, clothespins, and clothes line or yarn.

Description: I use this for matching skills and to help children strengthen those 
fine motor skills, Hang up a clothes line or I braid together yarn to make cord, and hang in the corner of the room with a table near by to set cut outs on.  I have used snowflakes, hearts, apples, leaves and mittens. Use whatever you would like. Make a set of two of each by color and ask the children to find matches and hang them on the line. 

Rainbow Mittens Math With Mittens
Introduce the concept of a pair with this activity by Stacey who encourages young children to explore their sorting and matching skills.

Materials: A large assortment of construction paper mittens of various sizes and 
colors, markers or crayons.

Description: Cut out pairs of paper mittens from construction paper. they should 
be different sizes and colors and can be used for a variety of math projects.
Children can:
1.  Sort mittens and find matching pairs.
2.  Make symbols on one mitten and write the number of symbols on its pair,
     so the numbers and symbols can be matched.
3.  Discuss the word pair and its meaning. List other things that come in pairs:
     socks,  shoes, skis, skates, earrings, boots, gloves etc.

Mitten Game
Terri C. uses wallpaper to help youngsters recognize similarities, distinguish differences and develop observation skills.

Materials: Old wallpaper sample books.

1.  Cut a matching pair of mittens from wallpaper samples.
2.  Make 10 different pair of mittens.
3.  Have children match the mitten pairs.

What A Pair!
Reinforce the concept of a pair with this learning center activity from Eileen.

Materials: Pairs of mittens or gloves, pairs of socks,  gift wrap or construction paper, scissors, clear contact paper, a small shoe box and clothespins.

Description: Have child match pairs by colors or pattern.  For older children cut out a left and right mitten shape from 2-4 different patterns of construction paper.  Cover with contact paper.  Store in old shoe box.  Clothespin the pairs together.

Matching Mittens
Molly P. reinforces the concept of same with this mitten activity.

Materials: 1 telephone cord, clothespins, 2 chairs and 10-15 pairs of mittens.

Description: Set up the clothesline by using the 2 chairs.  Ask the children if 
they know what the word same means.  Ask one student to come up and choose the 
same mittens.  Then model how to pin them up, reminding the students not to pull 
on the line or move the chairs.  You can have one or two students do this at a 
time or you can make it a large group activity by calling on students to find 
mitten pairs. 

Mitten Behavior Management Chart 
If you need a way to let parents see at a glance how their child's behavior is progressing, here is an idea from Leslie.

Materials: Poster board, clothespins, and a black marker.

Description: This is a take off on the stoplight theory!  Here is how it works.
Instead of only 3 colors and chances there are 4: red, yellow, green and blue, or colors of your choosing.
I write each child's name on a clothespin and at the start of each day all the pins 
are moved to Green which means they've had a wonderful day and haven't even been in time out one time!
Blue means they have either been in time out once or have been in time out more but earned their way back for good behavior!
Yellow means they've had 2 or more trips to the time out spot, not so good.
Red means OH MY GOODNESS. This child had many time outs and we also will be writing a note home to mom and dad.

Comments: You can also decorate you chart by changing it seasonally. such as in 
winter we had a cartoon boy drawn with a blue sweater and one red mitten one 
yellow mitten and a green hat. Then in spring we had a butterfly with wings half 
red then blue and the other green and yellow.

Literature  The Mitten Circle Time Activity
Kathy E. promotes listening skills and spatial awareness (inside / outside) with this preschool literacy activity.

Materials: Chalk, The Mitten by Jan Brett

Description: Before beginning Circle Time, draw a large white mitten on the floor in chalk (if this is not permitted in your school, a large sheet cut in the shape of a mitten works).  Read the story, as the animals enter the mitten choose a child or children to be each of the animals and have them sit inside the mitten.  At the end of the story, when the bear sneezes, the children move to the outside of the mitten. As a follow up activity have stuffed animals available for children to recreate the story.

Counting and Recognizing Numbers
Connie Q. uses this activity to teach children to count and recognize numbers and says, "My students ask to play this game everyday."

Materials: Any pattern for the unit you are studying. Ex: mitten for winter.

Description: Draw a mitten on construction paper and cut it in half with a crooked 
line.  On one half write a number.  On the other half, put that many small stickers, stars, etc.  Make 1-10.  During circle time, pass out the tops and bottoms of each mitten.  Then have each child find the other half of their mitten.  We do this right before lunch and then the children have a different lunch partner each day.  Use your imagination: Christmas trees with ornaments and a star with that number;  pumpkins with pumpkin seeds; turkeys with feathers. Opposites also work great.

Winter ClothesDressing for the Weather
Lucy encourages youngsters to be responsible for individual behavior, such as remembering to wear a coat in the cold winter weather, with these 2 ideas.

Materials: Assorted clothes for different types of weather, cardboard TV.

1.  Provide dress up clothes in your dramatic play area that people wear in different kinds of weather.  For instance: galoshes, a raincoat, a big heavy coat, a wool scarf, mittens and gloves, and snow boots.  Collect lots of these because EVERYONE will want to dress up for the weather!

2.  Make a Weather TV out of a big cardboard box.  The children can take turns playing climatologist and holding up various pictures and weather symbols. They seem to enjoy dressing up in raincoats when they are forecasting rain, or scarves and mittens when forecasting cold weather.

Rainbow Mittens Transition Matching Mittens Game
During this mitten game Sandy G. promotes social interaction and the recognition of patterns.

Materials: Sets of Mittens in various patterns, enough for each child to have a 
mitten.  I cut some from wallpaper books.

Description: Children are divided into two rows, each hides a mitten behind their back.  Ask one child in a row to display their mitten for all to see.  The child with the matching mitten shows theirs and they both go to wash hands for snack time ( or go to paint room, etc.) If there is an uneven number of children, teacher gets to play!

Comments: Any object may be used, seasonal objects work well.

Sequencing and Patterning
Foster better understanding of patterns and sequence during circle time with this activity by Janet B.

Materials: Calendar board, calendar pieces related to the season, shapes, etc.

Description: Each day when doing the calendar in circle time  we put up a calendar piece that has that days number on it. Since we are studying snow and winter I use two different symbols: snowman numbered with the odd numbers and mittens with the even numbers.  I always put number one on the calendar and the next day I will ask what day is it?  And the date?  Children will say #2 and I will ask whether we need a snowman or mitten.  Since we used snowman the day before they will tell me mitten today.  Then we find #2 with a mitten and place it on correct square. After the children get familiar with patterning I can add 3 or 4 different symbols.

Comments: Children love it

Rainbow MittensMitten Math
Robin J. encourages prek and kindergarten children to create and extend patterns using mittens.

Materials: 8-12 pairs of mittens in various sizes and colors, 2 baskets, thin rope,
clothespins, paper, and crayons or markers.

Description: Put one mitten from each pair into one basket and the corresponding mitten into the other basket. Take a few mittens from one basket and hang them on the clothesline in a pattern such as; red ~ blue ~ red, or solid ~ striped.
Talk with the children about the pattern you made.  Invite the children to work together to copy the pattern using mittens from the other basket.  Let the children take turns creating patterns of their own and copying each other's pattern.

Comments: Variation: Use the mittens to sort by color shades, categorize them by size, or order them from smallest to largest.  Use as a concrete object for counting.  Add socks and hats to the basket for  more complex patterns.

Winter Counting
Try this easy learning center counting activity from Sherie S.

Materials: Construction paper, marker.

Description: Trace and cut 10 pairs of mittens in various colors. On one mitten write a  number and on the other mitten put snowflakes that correspond with that number. 
Children then count snowflakes and find the matching mitten / numeral.

Ice Cube Song Winter Time Song & Activity Ideas 
A collection of winter activities about ice, cold & snow from Kim I.

Materials: Snow and a bucket or sensory table, ice cube, paper mittens and string to fasten them, items to glue on and paint or crayons. 

1.  Free play ~ Let children play with snow in a sensory table or bucket.
2.  Circle time ~ Play pass the ice cube and sing this song fast then slow
                         to the tune of:  Row, Row, Row Your Boat

Pass pass pass the ice cube, 
Pass it very fast.
Pass pass pass pass, 
How long will it last. 
3.  Art ~ Decorate cut out mittens with glitter or paint or coloring.  If children 
              can cut, have them cut out the mittens themselves. 

Mitten Math: Graphing 
As prek and kindergarten youngsters participate in this mitten math activity by Sherry M. they become familiar with beginning graphing skills.

Materials: Pre cut white paper mittens, children's crayons, pre made graph listing 
8 basic colors plus one line labeled "other".  Title the graph Mitten Weather.
Ask the question, "What color mittens did you bring today?"

Description:  Give each child a white paper mitten and ask him to color it the 
color of his mitten he wore to school today! Stress that the paper mitten needs 
to "match" his cloth mitten. As each child completes his or her mitten help him / her place it on the graph in the proper place. Spend a few minutes as a large group 
counting and comparing the mittens on the graph. 

Literature Mitten Match Hunt
Children identify mittens that are the same & different in this mitten hunt by Laurie.

Materials: Children's mittens or cut out mitten pairs from wallpaper books or colored paper.

Description: Show children the mitten pairs then an adult hides the mittens throughout the classroom. Children hunt for the missing mittens, placing them on a rug or table and matching up the pairs as they are found. Children can count the mittens or count how many mittens are still missing.

Comments: The children always enjoy this activity and want to play it over and over again!  Children who are really good "hunters" can become 'hiders' to give others a
chance at finding the mittens.
The Mystery of the Missing Red Mitten by Steven Kellogg is a good book to read before beginning this activity.

Literature   The Mitten by Jan Brett
A fun dramatic play activity by Erica R.

Materials: Craft foam, skinny elastic, rubber cement and paper whole punch.

Description: During my mitten unit I read the story The Mitten by Jan Brett and 
have the children pretend to be the animals in the story. Jan Brett has a web site you can print off a mask of each animal that is in the story. I print them on a color printer, laminate them, then glue them to craft foam.

When dry, I trim the foam to be ¼ inch bigger than the mask paper. Next, punch a hole on each side to thread an elastic band to hold on a child's head. These are easy to whip up and keep clean and in good shape for years. 

As the children are pretending to be an animal from the story I lay down a white blanket and have the children find a place on the blanket pretending it is a mitten.
We all squeeze on and then scatter around the room when the bear sneezes. 

Literature    The Mitten Activity
Teachers can expand upon this creative dramatic play activity by Beth to create a class presentation for special occasions.

Materials: Simple mitten pattern, animals cut out of paper, a large piece of stretchy white fabric.

Description: After reading The Mitten by Jan Brett, give each child two large 
mitten cut outs.  They can decorate them with crayons and markers if you wish.
Each child also gets a copy of each animal used in the story.  They may also color 
the animals. Gather the children at your circle area.  Read the story again and 
the children put their animals in the mitten as each one comes along in the 

After the story is done, let the children decide which animal they'd like to be.  Ahead of time you have made a very large "mitten" out of stretchy white fabric by sewing up three sides of a large rectangle of fabric to make a pocket. As you reread the story, or just call the animals over, they crawl into the mitten.  It gets very cozy!  Then have the bear sneeze and they all pop out of the mitten.
They love to do this over and over!



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