Many Merry Mittens

For a previous Winter unit, one of my coworkers printed a collection of various mittens from Google Images and used them to work on adjectives and describing. I loved the idea, but wanted to change up the images to make the activity a little more versatile with matching pairs. So I designed my own mittens and I'm using them to target language concepts including same vs. different, descriptive words, and interrogatives, as well as identifying shapes and colors.


For a transition activity, preschoolers draw a mitten and practice describing, "My mitten is..." or receptive identification, "Find the mitten that is..."


I can scaffold this activity by adapting the language to suit various levels (big polkadots vs. little ones, hearts vs. three hearts, etc). We're also developing visual memory, turn-taking, and the concepts of 'same' and 'different.' I choose three or more pairs and lay them face down in rows on the table for a mitten memory match: 


Players take turns flipping over and describing two mittens in search of a pair. If a set is made, the player keeps it. If they are not a match, both mittens are turned back over. When the cards are all gone, the player with the most pairs wins.

I printed a second copy to use for "Go Fish," which is great for working on asking questions, yes/no responding, identifying shapes and colors, using and understanding adjectives.

I'm sharing my mittens here. Let me know below if you grab them.

20 comments:

  1. Those are adorable! I downloaded them & can't wait to use them!

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  2. Preschool teacher and mom of a toddler here. Downloaded your mitten pdf and love them! Thank you!

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  3. The mittens are really cute and you gave great ideas to use with them. Thanks so much for a nice freebie!

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  4. I would love to download your mitten activity but I do not see how I can do that. Am I missing something or do I need to sign up for something to get the download? Love your blog!

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  5. I love your blog! I was able to download the mittens but it wouldn't print because the file is too big... can you make it smaller please? Thanks in advance!

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  6. I was unable to print as well :(

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  7. I'm so sorry that ya'll have been having trouble printing. I know that my computer took a few extra minutes to load the file and send to the printer. Confession, I am an amateur, but I will mess around with it when I have a few minutes; perhaps I can separate it into two documents... In the meantime, bear with me! Glad you are enjoying (or interested!)

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  8. I was able to download them, but most were grey (& not the colors like yours). They work, they're great!

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  9. I printed these and they look wonderful! Excited to use these as a matching game for my preschoolers with our Mittens/Snow theme! Thank you ;)

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  10. These look fabulous, but when I clicked the link nothing was available for me to download. I'm probably doing something wrong, but can you help? Thanks so much, I'd love to use these when I read "The Mitten."

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    1. I'm using them with "The Mitten" too :) The link should take you to a google doc where you can download the document. There may not be a preview available due to the file size.

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  11. thank you for posting this! I'll use these with my toddler class. what a time saver for me :)

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  12. Thank you for posting these, they are great! I plan to use them with my preschoolers.

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  13. These are great! Thanks so much for sharing! :)

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  14. Thanks! These can be used for so many different things. I love that you're willing to share!

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  15. Thank you! I'm going to use these in my daughter's preschool class in Spain!

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