This activity dovetails
well with the Mitten Play activity. It
provides an extended opportunity for discussing the seasons, clothing, and
winter. You can also use it to provide the children with a few versions of the classic
Ukrainian folk tale of The Mitten. Children will enjoy finding the
similarities and differences between the various versions of this story, which
will help them develop comprehension and pay attention to detail -- essential
skills for learning to read.
- Read two of the mitten stories.
- Ask the children what things in the two stories were the same.
Refer to the stories themselves to answer any questions.
- Ask children what things in the two stories were different, again
referring to the texts to answer questions. Encourage discussion
and referral to specifics in each story.
- To make the mittens -- have the children put their hands, thumb tips nearly touching, on
the oaktag. !è!è ! | Four fingers should be together and thumbs spread apart.
- Trace both of each child's hands (make the tracings a little
larger than their hands and round the mitten above the four fingers).
- Demonstrate for the children how they can make a pair of matching
mittens. !è!è ! | If you make three stripes on one do the same to the other. !è!è ! | They
should lay them on the table thumb to thumb so that there is a right mitten and
a left mitten.
- Display the pairs of mittens with the children's names beneath
them and a sign saying "My Mittens."
Notes: Children love to compare the many versions of the
Mitten story. The story comes from the Ukraine and is quite old. !è!è ! | Each has a
number of different animals that squeeze into the mitten to keep warm. !è!è ! | See the
Mitten Play activity.