I can’t take credit for this great idea; my co-worker Kim created our first matching mittens set. But I made these, so I CAN take credit for the silly designs on the mittens.
I made 2 mittens of each color; there are 26 mittens in all (a couple of colors have 2 pair – light and dark blue; light and dark brown). They are clipped, by clothespin, on yarn that I braided together to make it thicker. A rope would probably work better. I got the clothespins at Walgreens, I think. A large bag is pretty inexpensive.
Here’s how I use these: I give each child one mitten (one of each pair; I keep the match). Then I hold up one mitten and ask the kids what color it is. After they’ve answered, I ask if anyone has the match. The child who has it brings up the mitten, and I hold the clothespin open as he or she puts the mitten in. I add the match and hold it up so we can admire our work! We continue until all the matches are made.
If I have more than 13 kids I give out both of the pair, and ask, “does anyone have a green mitten?” The two children with green mittens bring them up and add them to the clothesline.
This could be used to learn about patterns, shapes, and, obviously, colors. I use it with my clothing storytime. You could make matching socks instead of mittens, or even a variety of clothing, if you want. It would be a great follow up to Mrs. McNosh Hangs Up Her Wash or The Mitten. It’s always been a big hit with the kids – they love getting to bring the mitten up and match it in front of the whole group.
Visit Storytime Katie later today for the full Flannel Friday round up!