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MARVELOUS MITTENS

MITTEN MATES
Cut pairs of mitten shapes from various colors of paper. Invite each of your children to choose a pair to decorate with such materials as crayons or markers and glued-on pompoms, rickrack, yarn, or lace. Then help them glue their mittens onto paper with a piece of yarn connecting the mittens in each pair.
 
MITTEN CLOTHESLINE
Set up a small clothesline and add clothespins. Let your children try one or more or these activities.
  • Clip on matching pairs of mitten shapes cut from different colors of paper.
  • Clip on matching pairs of mitten shapes cut from various textured materials.
  • Clip on five to ten mitten shapes cut from fabric. Remove three mittens. How many are left? Clip on two more mittens. How many are there now? Etc.

WHAT THINGS COME IN PAIRS?

Ask your children to think of items that come in pairs. Make a list of their responses. Here are some suggestions: mittens, gloves, socks, shoes, boots, sandals, skates, shoelaces, and earrings.
 
MITTEN PUPPET
Find an old mitten to use as a puppet base. Glue or sew on a pompom nose and eyes, a felt mouth, and yarn hair. If you wish, add other details, using scraps of fabric, rickrack, or lace. Use the puppet when singing songs or reciting rhymes, such as "Three Little Kittens."

KEEPING HANDS TOASTY
Let your children experiment with various materials to discover which ones might work well for making mittens and which might not. Provide such materials as plastic wrap, aluminum foil, tissue paper, terrycloth, wool fabric, and fleece. Have the children hold an ice cube wrapped in each of the materials. Which ones keep their hands warm? Which do not?