If you’re looking for a fun preschool math activity, these winter mittens are for you. This playful number match up activity gives kids plenty of practice with number recognition, counting and (as a bonus!) fine motor skills they’ll need for writing numbers later.
Getting the Match Up Ready
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 so the kids could use them to hook up their mittens. We were ready to begin!
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 mitten sets. Eventually, we had a pile of mitten match up pairs!
Grab Your Set
Download your free Mitten Match Up by clicking the blue button below and then continue the playful number practice with our Number Formation Pack – including memorable rhymes, activity sheets and more!