Keeping warm during the winter is very important. Of course this means hats, mittens, and more in many areas of the country. Along with wearing your mittens, it also means finding lost mittens when one or both are missing. Now why not use mittens for some new and fun ways to work on goals during speech and language sessions?
Read a Classic Tale about Mittens
The Mitten by Jan Brett is a classic story that is based on a Ukrainian folk tale. The main character, Nicki, drops a white mitten in the snow and does not realize it is missing. As you read along, many animals from the forest find the mitten. Children of all ages will enjoy this book.
The author has a great activity that will help children to retell the story, work on sequencing, and build their confidence when speaking. All of the items for the Put the animals in The Mitten activity can be found on Brett’s website. You will need to download the three PDFs and print them for each child. Then use scissors, glue sticks, and crayons to put everything together. Leave the bottom of the mitten open for each animal to squeeze into. Another fun twist would be to sing The Mitten Song that is found in a unit by Nancy VandenBurge (page three) while you put all of the animals back into the mitten you made.
Mitten Descriptions Galore
Kids of all ages will adore making their own dream pair of mittens. Have a stencil available for everyone to make a pair of mittens on heavier paper. Then make sure to have a variety of stickers, glitter, foam shapes, and other items to decorate them. Connect the pair of mittens when finished with some yarn. Once everyone is done make a wall of mittens and place numbers under them. This will allow you to play games noting mittens that are similar and different. Practice using descriptive words for identification and make it into more of an I Spy activity.
If you do not have a lot of children in the group or are limited in space, the Many Merry Mittens post shares her mitten cards that can be used in a similar activity. In addition to this, you could send smaller versions of the mittens home for practice. Laminate them and put them into a little zipper pouch with instructions on how to make it into a game. For multilingual families, include directions and key words in all languages to assist them and make the connection stronger. Kids will adore taking something home to use and bringing it back to share their experience.