This post is dedicated to Eve, Jeremy, and C.A. — Thanks for the love!
Kindergarteners made wonderful stupendous adorable mittens. We began by painting stripes on our paper using tints and shades of primary colors. Students were amazed at the color mixing magic and learned that white makes a color lighter and black makes a color darker.
The next time we met, we read the book The Mitten by Jan Brett.
This book has beautifully detailed illustrations and the kids love identifying the animals. After the story, we created patterns on our mittens using oil pastels.
Then, students cut out a mitten shape. We talked about when, where, and why people wear mittens and one student even called them “Christmas Gloves” which was ridiculously endearing.
After cutting the mittens out, it was time to glue them to construction paper and fill the background up with animals from the story, snowflakes, and snowmen. Students used cotton balls to create texture and make their mittens soft.
This was an extremely successful project and a great introduction of texture (in preparation for our next unit which is clay!) Many teachers have commented on how cute they are an I am happy they get to go home with the kids just in time for the holidays.