Saturday, January 9, 2016

Kindergarten Winter Mittens

After reading Jan Brett's The Mitten, a richly-illustrated adaptation of a Ukrainian folktale about a boy whose lost white mitten becomes a temporary home to woodland animals large and small, kindergarteners created their own pair of mittens from a folded piece of cardstock and mitten tracers I provide.  We use this lesson as a first opportunity to talk about pattern - not just in art, but in math and music, too.  The students then add patterns (of lines, shapes, or colors) and color their mittens "as colorfully as possible, so they can't get lost in the snow." In a second session, we also add construction paper "arms" and glue our mittens and arms to a background filled with oil pastel snowflakes and wind.

Artwork by Andrew

Artwork by Landon

Artwork by Seamus

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