Saturday, January 22, 2011

Tot School - Mittens

C is 32 months
This week we did some mitten activities (and some winter and snowmen)
 Mitten match made from scrapbook paper

Later in the week we played memory with them

 Read a book with different colored pairs of mittens on each page. It was read much like Brown Bear, Brown Bear What Do You See? (sorry it is rotated, it wasn't rotated in my picture folder)
I got out all of our winter accessories
 We sorted by family members, matched mittens, 
 and talked about the difference between mittens and gloves

Then I let her dress up

I hid a felt snowball behind different colors of felt mittens and said the following:

Snowball, snowball cold and round
behind which mitten can you be found?

C had to guess where the mitten was hiding by saying which color mitten it was behind. She liked this and then hid it for me a few times.

This is based on popsicle stick puzzle idea I saw on Activity Mom. I couldn't find our sticks so instead I glued a winter scene Christmas card to a cereal box, leaving space at the bottom. I cut it into strips and numbered the pieces.

Water painted animals from The Mitten by Jan Brett and glued them onto a large cut out of a mitten. You can get printables from Jan Brett stories at her website

While we read The Mitten, C put the animal into a mitten. These printables are also from Jan Brett's website. Since I printed them a few years ago, I am not sure which part of the site I got them from.

I wanted C to sort these by colors, but she didn't want to, she spread them out and said they were cookies

 We did this last week, but I forgot to add it. It is something called a "5 wide" board - I originally saw the idea at a teacher conference (where i got the print outs) but since I don't have the actual board, I just made one out of cardboard and binder rings.  Below is the rhyme that goes with it, which C LOVED.
(you can buy actual 5 wide boards and stories to go with it at Color R World)

 Playing with the felt snowman again

C is always asking me what color when you get when you mix certain colors. So I thought we would try putting colored ice cubes in baby food jars. We have the normal color mixing in the first few jars and in the rest are combinations she wanted to try. At first she was really interested.  But since it wasn't an instant activity, she lost interest pretty quickly. When they were melted a few hours later she looked and we observed the new colors, but wasn't as excited as she was earlier.

Hand print in mittens
(Yellow & green, go Packers!)

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  1. Wow! What great activities. I love all the adaptations of using the one item. The dress up activity would not work for us; my daughter has to get herself ready at preschool and complains about it everyday! She can do it all herself but still hates it for some reason.
    Our girls are about the same age so I can't wait to try some of these with her.
    Stopping by from Activity Mom; loved your suggestion of couch cushions on the Climb the Mountain activity.

  2. Wonderful week! Love that you hid the snowball under the mittens! Kerri

  3. Love your mitten activities and the color mixing ice cube idea is awesome.

  4. Love your well-planned activities! We'll be posting on a snow theme all week, beginning with sensorimotor -

  5. I love your activites. We did a lesson based on "The Mitten" as well this past week. I love Jan Brett's books!

  6. What a great collection of activities, I love the 'hide the snowball' game!

  7. Fantastic mitten activities!
    ~Jada Roo

  8. Nice ideas! I just pinned your blog! Hope you will check mine out too!

  9. This post is full of awesome ideas! I pinned it awhile ago but just now featured it in my Fave Five Friday.