Moving on past my idiocy, let's look at Boogie's mitten trays!
I love this tray. I think Boogie will, too. I cut out six pairs of mittens for Boogie to color match then hang up using mini-clothespins (from Michaels). I made the clothesline out of an amazon box, popsicle sticks, butcher string, and a glue gun. There was a lot of trial and error involving popsicle sticks, cups, rocks, and knots. This was attempt # 3 and it works well enough. For this tray, Boogie can practice color matching/recognition, and fine motor skills. We could make patterns out of the different colored mittens. We can count the mittens by color or total, and we can sort them by color or total. We can count the clothespins. We can point the thumbs of the mittens in different directions and talk about left and right. We can talk about "pair" as a vocab word/concept, as well as "thumb", "left" and "right".
This tray was inspired by Sasha from To The Lesson. She uses, I believe, felt mittens and silver sparkly snowflakes. We are using laminated mittens and cotton snowballs. I made the mittens in paint and am not offering a link unless someone really really wants it because it is very rough. It works for my Boogie but I don't know that I would want to subject any other children to my shoddy graphic design efforts. Anyway, this tray is for 1:1 correspondence, for counting from 1-10, and for putting numbers in order from 1-10. I will introduce/reinforce the vocabulary pair, thumb, left, and right. The different colors act as a cheat sheet for Boogie for putting the mittens in order. And, who am I kidding, Boogie will probably love dumping out the cotton balls and throwing them around the room, too :)
This tray was inspired by babies, toddlers, and preschoolers, oh my! and happy hooligans. The first blog gave me the idea to use letters, the second blog gave me the idea to use scrapbook paper. There are 26, yes, 26 pairs of mittens on this tray. Each pair is cut from a different piece of scrapbook paper. Each pair has one uppercase and one lowercase letter. Boogie is not old enough this time for matching the letters that way, but he can use the pattern as a cheat sheet. He does recognize some letters, mostly uppercase, so we will work on letter recognition. We will work on matching. We will talk about pairs. We can put the mittens in alphabetical order and sort them into uppercase/right-thumb and lowercase/left-thumb. we can talk about right and left. We can count the mittens by uppercase/right-thumb and lowercase/left-thumb or total. We can spell words with the mittens, mostly his name, probably.
This tray is a size-sorting tray. I thought it was more fun to use actual mittens than to print off and laminate mittens. So, the main idea is size-sorting, but we can also count how many pairs there are. We can count the total mittens. We can talk about what colors they are. Boogie can drop and dump and put them on and off.
This tray is a very simple mitten lacing tray, all red like in The Mitten, inspired by babies, toddlers, and preschoolers, oh my! and Cachey Mama's Classroom. We can count the two mittens and two strings. We can count the holes. We can talk about left and right and pair. But mostly, this is for fine motor work.
And, not mitten related, but we always have a play dough tray. For March, our sensory bin and play dough are St. Patrick's Day themed. I re-used our Christmas play dough and bought a shamrock cookie cutter on sale at Michaels.
For more mitten fun, check out our muffin tin meal that was based on The Mitten.
Linking up to these great parties!