Thursday, January 12, 2012

The Mitten: making felt mittens

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we're currently doing the letter Mm and we're doing winter activities... so it only makes sense that we read one of my favorite stories ever!

Jan Brett's The Mitten

i thought it'd be fun to mAKe ouR oWN miTTeNS.  sure, we have lots of sets floating around the house... but i'd never made them before.  i figured if i was excited about it, Bear would be too!

i used some old felt that i had lying around and traced a mitten shape around Bear's hand on it using a pen.  i went about 1"-1.5" bigger than his actual hand to allow for the glue and stretching spaces. 

once i got them cut out, i offered up several things for him to decorate them with:
bingo markers
pom pom balls
glitter paint

he opted to just use the bingo markers...
((by the way, i got several different colors $1/piece at Dollar Tree
if you have one in your area, it's a great source for craft supplies))

do you see his little Barbie helper?? ((more on boys and Barbies later))

i used a thin line of glue around the outside of the mitten to seal them.

after they dried, Bear wore them around the house for quite a while!  he thinks that they're the greatest thing to wear while he plays with his winter sensory bin

so... are you smitten with The Mitten
what are your other favorite winter books?
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Happy Whimsical Hearts said...

Super cute mittens!

Gina said...

These are so cute! I do love The Mitten. I haven't read it in quite a few years though.

Wendy said...

So cute & easy! My daughter's class is doing a unit on The Mitten this week. Yesterday she brought home a paper mitten they glued together & paper cut-outs of all the animals that went in the mitten. I thought that was cute until I saw this!

Unknown said...

That's an awesome idea Andie. Thanks for letting me co-host the linky party yesterday. It was a lot of fun.

Kristina said...

Oh this makes me so excited! My son is studying The Mitten in preschool this week and he brought home a paper mitten... and I thought, we need to do a felt one instead! Now we really do. This is easy and adorable.

I think I'm going to try and make little animals from the book out of paper or felt too and then he can use them to help retell the story!

Little City Farm said...

These mittens are so cute and what a great idea to supplement your work on the letter M and a winter theme. Brilliant. Thanks for sharing it at our party this week!

JDaniel4's Mom said...

They are so cute! What fun to make real mittens!

Cerys @ Rainy Day Mum said...

These are very cute and look so easy to make.

Thank you for linking up with Made with Love

Aimee said...

Great job!

Brooke said...

Those are so cute. Those bingo markers are a favorite around here, too. Thanks for sharing on Monday Madness.

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