I found inspiration from the mitten activity when Ayla came to me with a toy that was yet again in a tangle! So following our January theme of winter I thought we could play around with some DIY mitten that have get themselves in a tangle!
Resources For This Mitten Activity
- Coloured Pens
- Cello Tape
Setting Up The Mittens
The video above shows you step by step how I made the mittens but for those of you who prefer written instruction I have written them below.
Take the cardboard and draw 6 mittens using one of the pens. Cut the outline of the mittens out and colour 2 green, 2 red and 2 blue. Next cut your lengths of wool, I used coloured wool that roughly matched the colour of the mittens to make it easier but you can used one colour if you like. Use the cello tape to attach the wool to the back of each mitten. Once all the mittens are secure lay out the mittens on the floor and tangle the wool together to create the puzzle.
Support your child as they work out which mitten is best to move and how they can untangle the wool, start off easy and slowly make the mitten activity harder as their problem solving skills improve.
Activities Like This Are Great For;
Building on their problem skills as they work out the best way to untangle the mittens.
Supporting positional language as you talk about where the wool is positioned; under, over, next to, ect.
Encouraging them to keep trying when things get tricky as you work through the problem together.
Promoting working as a team as you talk about the best way to move the mittens.