Week 2 of Winter in the Woods is all about Winter Gear: Mittens, snowshoes, sled, coat, hat & scarf. It’s going to be a fun week. But first, Winter in Woods: Mittens. It’s Winter in Woods: Mittens activities for winter. Preschool literacy and art plus and interactive game and storytelling with The Mitten book.
Our daily topic poster for circle time says, “What do you do when your hands get cold?” Go inside! Rub them together. Put on mittens! Yes, winter requires mittens.
After reading The Mitten, we worked on lacing our mittens together. I get the kids started by tying one end of the yarn onto the mittens and wrapping a piece of masking tape around the other end to make a “needle”. This makes lacing easier. I go around and help whoever needs it. I offered chalk for them to color or making designs on the mittens. The design shown on the Make & Play is so cute.
The back of the Make & Play card features a Play Story Prompt and a Play Challenge Prompt. These are both great extensions to the story and lacing project. My group is very open to these types of suggestions and enjoyed playing with their mitten matching game and literacy prop! It really helps to demonstrate how to use the materials with the kids. When I make up a funny story, they like to make their own too.
The mitten is a great story, if you’re not familiar with it. I think most early childhood educators are. I like that the story features a “Baba”. We talked about how some kids call their grandmothers “Grandma”, “Nana”, “Oma” or “Mema”. What do you call your grandmother? Why?
What about all these animals? Would they actually fit in a mitten? The mouse would! And maybe the hedgehog.
What how do these animals keep warm in the snow during the winter? Do they need mittens? Such a fun topic and relates to well to our Winter in the woods theme!
I have a basket of mittens, socks, and slippers for the kids to explore and play with during the snowy months. It promotes self-help skills by allowing them to practice putting on socks and mittens themselves. They love it! It can also be a matching activity.
Another fun idea is mitten clipping. Preschoolers love to clip mittens on a clothesline. Don’t forget about the 3 Little Kittens who lost their mittens.