During our unit with mittens we read "The Mitten" and then we play a game where we lay a big white blanket down on the floor, with a teacher on opposite two sides of the blanket. Then we sing: The mitten on the ground, the mitten on the ground, heigh ho the dairy oh, the mitten on the ground. The mole snuggles in, the mole snuggles in, heigh ho the dairy oh the mole snuggles in. Doing so with all the animals. When we call out each animal we have a child go under the blanket and sit until all are in. Then the teachers say the mouse tickled the bears nose and Aachoo, lifting the blanket up in the air over the kids heads. My kids love this and I get requests to do it all the time! Also causes static in their hair!( a science project..=)
Make a clothesline by stringing line between two low chairs. Have pairs of mittens cut from different patterns of material. Have one from each pair waiting on the clothesline, and the other match in a nearby basket with spring clothespins. have the children match the pairs and use the clothespins to attach next to the mitten mate. Great for fine motor.
After reading the story "The Mitten" by Jan Brett, my children enjoy acting out the story. We do this by using our parachute and letting the children be the animals and crawl into the "mitten". They especially love the sneeze at the end when they all get to scatter! I have also printed the masks for this story from Jan Brett's website at: http://www.janbrett.com/mitten_masks_main.htm.
This is a good idea for any age classroom. Cut out different colors of felt mittens and decorate them to where only two match together. Put them out on a felt board for the kids to match.
Have each child decorate two mittens, either by coloring on tag board, cardboard, etc. or by using donated pairs of mittens. Try to ensure that there are "pairs" of mittens. Place all the pairs in a sack, bucket, or just in a pile at one end of the room. Have the children line up and take turns (like a relay race) choosing one mitten and walking to hang it on the clothes line at the other end. The children must try to match the mitten that they picked up with one already on the line. If their mitten matches one on the line, they remove the match. If there is not a match, they place their mitten on the line. Continue until there are no more matches.
Cut out mittens of different colors with numbers 0-10 on them. Cover laminating material. Tie a string from two chairs. Have children clip mittens in order of sequence. Clip with clothespins To gear down draw shapes to match numbers on mitten.
Cut a mitten for each child and write their name on it. Each day when the child arrives, they hang their mitten on the bulletin board "clothesline", or better yet, clip it on a real miniature clothesline in the room.
Mitten Match-up Folder Game-this match-up folder game can be made in any number of learning areas, your imagination is your only limit! First, draw a mitten about two-three inches in length on heavy stock paper. This will be your pattern if you don't have access to a die cut pattern. And remember these mittens are going to be glued into a manila folder so mitten size is an important consideration. Next, decide what you want the children to match-up. Will it be colors, numbers, shapes, etc. Once this is decided you can move onto creating all the mittens. Again, here you'll have to decide how many mittens you'll glue in the folder for match-up. purposes. I taken into consideration the skill levels of my preschoolers and usually make three to four match-up games with varying levels-easy to complex. As an example let's say we're making shapes our topic. I usually use a circle, square, triangle, oval, rectangle-5 shapes. After creating your mitten pattern decide on the paper color (colored bond or construction paper), make two mittens per shape (one to be glued t the folder and one for the preschoolers to match-up to the folder. (I also make three or four more of the same shape so they can practice matching-up their shapes several times. This extends the folder game time. Using water based markers (if you are going to laminate) or permanent markers, draw the shapes onto the mitten pieces. With the manila folder in front of you, decide on the placement design of your 5 mitten shapes and glue them in place. Write the name of the game on the folder tab, laminate the folder and mitten playing pieces. Cut the mitten playing pieces out and place into a zip loc baggie. I tape the baggie to the front cover of the folder. And when we set out the folder game, I offer a small container alongside the folder to hold the mitten/folder game pieces. So, again, you can create a mitten folder game for any task. I've even bought fancy, cute, seasonal stickers and utilized the sticker on the playing piece and folder pattern to reduce my time drawing. These games can be child centered or an adult can assist by questioning the child and leading them to matching successfully!
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