Sunday, November 28, 2010

November 28-December 4: Hats and Mittens



Book Suggestions:
Under My Hood, I Have a Hat by Karla Kuskin and Fumi Kosaka
Blue Hat, Green Hat by Sandra Boynton
The Hat by Jan Brett
The Cat in the Hat by Dr. Seuss
Kiki's Hats by Warren Hansen
The Mitten by Jan Brett

Activities:

Sorting:
Materials: A variety of hats
Description: Put a vareity of hats in a pile. Talk about hats with your child (where do they go? What are they used for?). Sort the hats according to color, size, or kind.

Matching Mittens:
Materials: several pairs of gloves and mittens
Description: Put the mittens and gloves in a pile. Talk about gloves and mittens with your child (Where do they go? What are they used for? What is the difference between gloves and mittens?) Have your child match the gloves and mittens together.

Pretend Play:
Materials: A variety of hats and gloves
Description: Have a variety of hats and gloves for your child to try on. Talk about each different hat as your child puts it in on their head. Pretend with your child when they try on each new hat. For example: If they try on a cowboy hat, you and your child can pretend to be a cowboy/cowgirl. Use the gloves and hats to play dress-up.

Painting Gloves:
Materials: gloves, fabric paint
Description: Talk about gloves with your child. Try on the gloves. Let your child get creative by painting the gloves with fabric paint. Let them dry and have your toddler dress up with their newly painted gloves.

Puppets:
Materials: Old gloves or mittens, googly eyes, felt pieces, sissors, fabric glue, yarn
Description: Let your toddler get creative and make puppets out an old glove or mitten. Use a variety of craft items such as googly eyes, felt, and yarn to create a puppet. Glue the craft items on with fabric glue.

Lace Up:
Materials: construction paper, hole puncher, yarn or old shoe string
Description: Draw a picture of a large mitten on construction paper. Cut the mitten out and punch holes along the edge of the entire mitten. Using an old shoe string or piece of yarn (tape the end so that it won't shread) have your toddler pull the yarn or shoe string through the holes, as if they were lacing it.

Counting Fingers:
Materials: A pair of gloves
Description: Write numbers 1-10 on each finger of a pair of gloves. (One number on each finger) Put the gloves on your toddler and practice counting their fingers 1-10.

Paint with Gloves:
Materials: Old gloves, paint, paper
Description: Have fun painting with your toddler using an old pair of gloves and paint. Give your toddler a variety of colors to choose from. Put an old pair of gloves on your child and let them dip each finger into the paint and paint on a piece of paper.

Bean Bag Mittens:
Materials: An old mitten, dry beans
Description: Fill an old mitten with dry beans (or anything else that will make a sound like a bean bag). Stitch the open end of the mitten together. You could also use fabric glue to close the open end. Let your toddler play with their new mitten bean bag.

Decorate a Hat:
Materials: An old hat, fabric glue, a variety of craft items
Description: Your child can get creative making their own hat. Allow your toddler to glue a variety of craft items to an old hat. (glitter, felt, pom-poms, felt pieces, yarn etc.) When the glue dries let your child wear their new hat.

Find the Kitten's Mittens:
Materials: Three Little Kittens, several pairs of mittens
Description: Read The Three Little Kittens to your toddler. Hide several mittens all over a room in your house. Have your toddler go find the mittens.

Songs and Fingerplays:

Put Your Hat on Your Head:
(Sing to the tune of "If you're Happy and You Know It")

Put your hat on your head
And spin around.
Put your hat on your head
And spin around.
Put your hat on your head,
Put your hat on your head,
Put your hat on your head,
And spin around.

Put your gloves on your hands
And give a clap.
Put your gloves on your hands
And give a clap.
Put your gloves on your hands,
Put your gloves on your hands,
Put your gloves on your hands,
And give a clap.

Put your mittens on your hands
and pat your belly.
Put your mittens on your hands
And pat your belly.
Put your mittens on your hands,
Put your mittens on your hands,
Put your mittens on your hands,
And pat your belly.

10 Little hats
(Sing to the tune of 10 Little Indians)

1 little 2 little 3 little hats
4 little 5 little 6 lilttle hats
7 little 8 little 9 little hats
10 little hats on my head.

I Have a Little Hat:

I had a little hat
and on my head it sat
until the wind blew too strong
And took my hat along.

I had a pair of mittens.
On my hands they were sittin'.
I took them off to eat some pie.
Now they are gone and I will cry.

How Many Mittens:

1 mitten, 2 mittens, 3 mittens 4
How many mittens on the floor?
5 mittens, 6 mittens, 7 mittens 8
Now we need to lay them straight.
9 mittens, 10 mittens Oh lets see
How many mittens will there be?

Online Fun:


Videos



1-10 Hat Rack



Hats: Same and Different



Bert Feels Cold

Snacks:

Mitten Sandwiches:
Make your toddler's favorite sandwich. Cut the sandwich using a mitten shaped cookie cutter

Mitten Cookies:
Use mitten shaped cookie cutters to cut cookie dough. Bake and eat!

Hat Bowls:
Put crackers or other snack inside a clean hat as a bowl.

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