Inside: Working on color recognition with your toddlers and preschoolers? This printable mitten winter color matching activity is simple and can be used in a variety of ways!
One of our themes for January is winter clothing.
We also sing fun songs such as The Color Song.
And, of course, we work on a variety of activities that build different skills.
My latest addition to our collection is a printable mitten winter color matching activity that ties in nicely with the winter theme.
It can be adapted for toddlers and preschoolers and used at home and in the classroom.
Scroll down to see different ideas!
Printable Mitten Winter Color Matching Activity
I love teaching colors in fun, hands-on ways.
Yes, circle time!
I’ve found when we gather the children in one spot, we can enjoy some fun skill-building activities.
I had that in mind when I created these colored mittens.
What you will need:
- Colored mittens printable (scroll down to find the link)
Preparing the activities:
After making copies of the mittens, cut them out.
If these will be handled by the children, I suggest copying them on to heavy paper or laminating them.
Sorting and Matching
After cutting out your mittens, place them on a flat surface along with small pieces that are the same colors.
We love using pom poms, as shown below.
Simply place them in a small container next to the mittens and invite your children to place the small pieces on the matching mittens.
Another option is using buttons that are the same colors.
I love these buttons because they are a bit larger and very sturdy.
In fact, I’ve had the same set for several years and have used them in many different activities, such as with our gingerbread man activity, our Ten Little Fish counting activity, and our colored shamrock cards.
Other Ways to Use This Colored Mitten Printable
After cutting out each mitten, use while singing the song Mitten Colors. This is a fun song that not only works on color recognition, but also gets the body moving! You will use all the mittens except black, white and grey.
We’ve also used these mittens while singing the song The Color Song. While the song itself is evergreen (not seasonal), adding the mittens as props turns it into a winter song activity. You will use all the mittens except orange and purple.
Match the Mittens
Make two sets of the mittens. Keep one set in a pile and spread the other set out on the table. As your child pulls a mitten from the pile, they then place it on top of the matching colored mitten that is on the table. Keep going until all the mittens have been matched.
Mitten Fine Motor
Make two sets of the printable and set up like the above matching activity. Have clothespins ready, and when a match has been made, secure them with a clothespin. Opening and closing clothespins is an excellent squeezing activity that gets the hands ready for writing.
Make as many copies of the printable as desired, depending on high your child can count. Number each mitten and invite your child to put them in numerical order. A fun winter counting activity!
Make as many sets of the printable as desired and hide them around the room. Invite your child to find the mittens and announce the color as each one is found. Place in a basket until all the mittens have been discovered.
More Winter Props
Toddler Winter Circle Time Counting Props
Keep toddlers engaged while working on simple math skills with these winter counting props.
We love using these during our classroom circle times!
6 Prop Sets (19 Pages):
- How Many Buttons Are On the Mitten?
- Numbered Mittens
- Hot Cocoa Marshmallow Counting
- Numbered Penguins
- Numbered Snowflakes
- Numbered Snowmen