If you’re looking for a fun preschool math activity, these winter mittens are for you. The playful match up gives kids plenty of practice with number recognition, counting and (as a bonus!) fine motor skills they’ll need for writing numbers later.
To prep, I printed the winter mittens (below) on cardstock to give them extra durability and make the colors really pop. Then I cut along the grey lines to separate the cards.
Note: If you’ll be using the cards in a classroom, you may also want to laminate them to make the set extra hearty.
Once the mittens were ready to go, I grabbed a roll of string and cut (10) 4 inch lengths of it. Then I tied each end to a paper clip to create mitten hooks kids could use to hook up their mittens.
Number Match Up
Middle Brother (age 4) is always up for a game so he was eager to jump in and start playing.
He helped me sort the deck into two piles: numbers and snowflakes. We spread out the snowflake cards face up on the table and placed the numbers in a neat little pile.
Then Middle Brother grabbed the top number in the deck: a 7! He scanned the table for the mitten showing a matching number of 7 snowflakes and then hooked them together with his pretend mitten clips.
One match after the next, he continued pairing the matching sets.