THE MITTEN + ACTIVITY

It was suggested by my son (and student) that we should work on Christmas crafts for the next three weeks. I was thisclose in agreement but I opted instead to do a winter theme for this week, then Christmas for the last two weeks before break. So today we made mittens!

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But before we got started, I read The Mitten by Jan Brett. It's an endearing Ukrainian tale about a boy named Nikki who begs his Baba (grandma) to knit him white mittens which Baba isn't too convinced about since white mittens + white snow = not a good outcome. But Nikki is quite convincing so Baba knits up a pair. Sure enough, Nikki loses a mitten. What happens next is humorous and leaves you feeling warm inside. 

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MATERIALS: paint, glue, cardstock paper, mitten template, markers or crayons, and white glitter.

First download and print mitten template. Design the mitte. Then paint cardstock with paint.

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1. Once it's painted, sprinkle the cardstock with glitter because the paint acts as an adhesive to the glitter. 2. While you're waiting for the glue/glitter to dry, write a descriptive paragraph about mittens. 3. Cut out mittens and glue. 4. Paste the mitten onto the snowy landscape.

Write the descriptive paragraph onto a snowball (or a white circle) and glue it onto the gloves. And presto! A little read + make activity for Jan Brett's The Mitten.

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