Mitten Art

Cut out mitten shape (4 per child) each child can decorate two mittens these will be the top of the mittens (opposite hands) however you’d like ie…painting, coloring, or gluing something on to it. On another mitten will be their painted handprint and the last mitten will be a poem about mittens. The handprint and the poem are the inside of both mittens. Glue the wrist part of the pairs of mittens together making only 2 mittens also leaving room to lift the flap to see what’s inside (the hand and the poem) string together with yarn and hang! Adorable…my kid’s parents love this project, it’s always a huge hit!

Tape pieces of shelf-liner (the clingy, squishy stuff) to the table and have the children paint that. Then have them cover the liner with a piece of paper and press down on it to make a print. The liner makes a pattern that looks like knitted mittens.

Cut out two mitten shapes from white paper. Cut the two mittens into big pieces, one piece for each child. Have the children color or paint their piece. Put the pieces back together like a puzzle and glue onto a paper backing. Hole punch one hole in each mittens, tie one end of an 18″ piece of yarn to the hole in one mitten and tie the other end of the yarn to the other hole. Now you are ready to hang the mittens for the children to see.

Mitten Painting

I teach toddlers and they had a blast wearing mittens (the knit kind work best) and dipping their mitted hands into finger paint and painting on a large sheet of paper! It’s an awesome sensory activity and perfect for toddlers and preschoolers!

Cut out large mittens on an Ellison machine if available or free hand with scissors. Using foam paint which dries almost instantly or finger paint have children make their handprints all over the mittens. Foam paint does not bleed so as many colors as the children want can be used. If using finger paint the primary colors work best.

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