With the cold, blustery weather in full-force this winter, this cozy symmetrical mitten craft for preschoolers warms students up while they learn about symmetry!
How to Make a Mitten Craft for Preschoolers
Simple, Fun, and Easy to Set Up
It doesn’t take much to get this art project going, and it has a high success rate – even the most reluctant student succeeds at this craft! These mittens also fit into the “fridge-worthy” category when they are cut apart and tied together with a piece of yarn.
- large construction paper (folded in half)
- tempera paints
How to Prepare the Mitten Craft:
There are a few options for painting the mittens. All of them yield the same gorgeous results, so don’t stress. Pick the set up that works with your classroom, students and resources!
Choice 1: Set out bowls of paint with spoons and large construction paper that had already been folded in half. The students then drip, smear, or brush the paint on their open papers.
Choice 2: Put the paint into little squeeze bottles or purchase small bottles of paint. The students can squeeze and drip their paint onto the paper. (In these pictures, we are using biocolor paint and squeeze bottles from Discount School Supply.)
Teaching Preschoolers about Symmetry
The Big Reveal!
Introduce the term symmetry and have the students look for parts of their pictures that are the same on the left and the right. Also using real mittens helps students see that the left and right mittens are symmetrical.
After the pictures have dried, fold them back up, trace a mitten shape on the back, and cut them apart.
Veteran Teacher Hack:
Cut multiple pages at the same time. Just trace the mitten shape on one page, stack the artwork together, then staple all along the outside of the template. The stapes will hold the pages together so that they don’t shift when you cut them. This makes it super easy to cut lots of pages at once.
They are each unique and beautiful.
To finish the projects off, the students punch holes in the mittens and add a ribbon or piece of yarn. With the teacher’s help, tie a knot in each end to keep them together. They make a colorful bulletin board or display, perfect for brightening a winter day!
Pin this Mitten Craft for Later
Looking for more mitten activities?
How about this interactive mitten matching bulletin board?
Or practice more math skills with this Mitten Button Counting center!