Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Mitten Matching Time!

Kids love to play with ordinary things ...  so, when I show them a basket of mittens and tell them that we will be playing "games" all week with them, they are thrilled! Little do they know that I am sneaking in all sorts of math skills, like sorting, matching, patterning, etc.  And, YOU CAN TOO!

I am lucky to have a big basket of hand-knitted mittens of all shapes and colors (thank you, Gigi!), but you can use whatever is around your house - or even create pairs of paper mittens first as an art project. Here are some fun activities:
Mitten Patterns - use your collection to make two-part and three-part patterns (e.g. red, blue, red, blue, etc.)
Mitten Hide and Seek - have each child pick a mitten (or lay out the mittens in a row if playing with one or two children). Hide the match somewhere in the room, school or house and have the "matchers" find them and lay them out in matches. Repeats are always requested! 
Mitten Storm - same idea but you toss the formerly hidden mittens up, like a tornado, in a large area and run to find (great way to break up the TV or video time) It only takes a minute but gives a little exercise and practices those matching skills!
Mitten Chain - each child gets two different mittens and puts them on their hands - when all (you need a group) have two mittens, have pairs hold matching hands, one at a time, until human chains are made - sometimes a few chains, sometimes one long one.
Now, have a mitten brainstorm - have your child use his/her problem solving skills to come up with more ideas for games with mittens! Have fun!


  1. What great ways to use mittens! I especially love the mitten chain. That would be fun while camping! Thank you for linking up!!!

  2. What a fun, easy activity - perfect for this time of year! I am your newest follower! I'd love for you to follow me back, if you want to =-) I also wanted to invite you to my TGIF Linky Party -
    Beth =-)