I think that winter is one of the most enjoyable themes to work on with toddler and preschoolers. Whether you live in a place that is under a blanket of snow or is sunny year round it is fun to learn about winter and how animals live, store food, hibernate, etc…
This year we are using The Mitten by Jan Brett as our first book based unit and have a The Mitten Inspired DIY Lacing Card to go along with it to share. The Mitten is a favorite winter themed tale that is perfect for book based activities for toddlers, preschoolers, and older children as well!
The Mitten Inspired DIY Lacing Card
You will need:
- craft foam
- a hole punch
- optional- stickers, paint
Here is how you make your own The Mitten Inspired DIY Lacing Cards
First, trace a mitten shape around a little willing hand. You want their fingers together and thumb spread away a bit to create a mitten shape.
Cut out 2 sheets of craft foam at the same time so that they are exactly the same size and shape.
Use a sturdy hold punch to make holes in your gloves at least 1/4″ from the edge all the way around. It is best to do both at the same time so that your holes line up. My punch is a bit wore out but was still up to the task, you will just have to empty it often!
You can leave your mitten plain or let your child add stickers, paint it, or decorate the mitten with markers.
Wrap a piece of tape around one end of your yarn, make it at least a foot long so your child has plenty to go around the mitten with.
Show your child how to thread in and out of each hole, be careful not to pull it all the way through, you might want to tape or tie off the thread at the first hole.
Your child can practice again and again, it is a great activity for them to do while listening to you read the story and can be brought in the car or to dr. visits as well to keep them busy.
This activity not only taps into their creativity but it gives them a chance to work on their hand-eye coordination and fine motor skills as well.