Mitten craft and pre-writing exercises

Mitten craft and pre-writing exercises


Hi, this is Joelle Meijer. Here is a project to create paper mittens. Print the pattern of the mittens or trace
it on construction paper of a colour of your choice. To make a complete mitten, you must reproduce
and cut out both sides of the mitten. Hold both sides of the mitten together with
paper clips. Next, take a one-hole punch and place both
sides of the mitten exactly on top of each other. Make holes all along the mitten through the
two layers of construction paper, using the dots on the pattern. Cut a piece of knitting yarn or twine of about
three feet or one meter long. Wrap scotch tape around one end of the yarn. When the end is wrapped in scotch tape, it becomes very easy to pass the yarn through
the holes. Insert the tip of the yarn through the first
hole and pull it until only a small piece of the yarn is left
on the back of the mitten. Tie a knot with the yarn in the first hole
to keep it in place. A first possibility is to thread the yarn
up and down all along the edge of the mitten. This is a simple pattern that gives a nice
result. When you have finished threading the yarn,
tie a knot in the last hole. A second possibility is to always pass the
yarn upwards in a spiral movement. In this case, you will need a longer piece
of yarn. As in the first case, start by threading the
yarn through the first hole and tie a knot in the first hole. Then, thread through the second hole from
below and bring the yarn up again. Continue this spiral movement all along the
mitten and tie a knot in the last hole. A third possibility is to start as in the
second example, and then come back in the opposite direction. This gives a zig zag effect on the side of
the mitten. I chose to use only one colour but you could
very well use two different colours. The children can also decorate the mitten
with stickers, paint or glitter. When the mitten is completed, you can insert
a Christmas cane or other surprises in it. I also prepared a 27-page document in which
you will find 8 patterns with pre-writing exercises. This document contains two sizes of mittens
for each design. You can decorate them and integrate visual
art with pre-writing exercises. Here is one way to use the large mitten patterns. If you want to make a complete mitten as in
the first example, print both sides of the mitten. Print the mitten patterns on white construction
paper. Then cut out the mitten shapes. Take wax crayons and draw along the dotted
lines. Now take diluted paint and spread it on both
sides of the mitten. The wax crayon traces remain visible in spite
of the paint. Let the paint dry and then proceed as in the
first example. Align the two sides of the mitten, make holes
and sew them together with yarn or twine. And here is a way to use the smaller version
of the mittens. Print your favourite pattern, trace along
the dotted lines and then colour the mittens. When you are satisfied, cut out the mittens. With a one hole punch, make a hole in each
mitten and tie them together to form the pair. You can then decorate a bulletin board with
all the mittens of your students. In the document you will find a blank pattern
that allows children to decorate their pair of mittens using their creativity. To obtain the two documents accompanying this
project, click on the link below the video.

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