Snowman and mitten activity boxes for preschool

Our activity boxes this week consisted of snowmen and mittens…

In the snowman activity box we placed paper plate snowmen shapes and small felt cut-outs for the childrern to add as buttons, eyes, nose, scarves…

The snowman activity boxes (just as we do each week) were then placed on classroom shelves for the children to select from this week during their free play time in centers.

I happened to catch this little girl while she was exploring one of the snowman activity boxes. There was no need to explain what to do with the materials in the box – she got the idea as soon as she saw what was inside…

Something she did that I hadn’t expected was sit and fold each paper plate snowman up. She really liked that fact that you could fold the snowman and decided that it would also be fun to hang the snowman on our mitten clothesline…

Which brings me to our mitten activity box which was also available on the classroom shelves for the children to play with this week…

The mitten activity box simply contained laminated mittens, clothespins, and yarn. The teachers helped stretch the yarn across the room and tied the ends to two chairs for the children to hang up their mittens…

This group of children worked together to hang up all the mittens…

We will have to see if we can find a higher place to hang up the clothesline next week:)  We could have expanded on this activity by encouraging the children to find matching pairs or put the mittens in numerical order, but instead we just let the children play and make up their own rules of play as they went along …

I am linking this post to ABC and 123: Show and Tell

By |2011-01-10T06:00:01+00:00January 10th, 2011|

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Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. has been working and teaching in the field of early childhood education for over 30 years. Deborah currently owns and teaches in her own part-time, private preschool called The Children’s Studio. Deborah’s deep passion for teaching and working with young children is documented and then graciously shared with millions of readers around the world through her blog and other social networking communities. Deborah believes that young children learn best through play and exploration and embraces this belief in all that she does in her own classroom so that she can effectively and passionately share rewarding, real- life, tried-and-true practices with other teachers, parents, and leaders across the field of early childhood education.


  1. Alison January 10, 2011 at 8:15 am - Reply

    You have just reminded me I have those mittens … I was going to write numbers on them but I think I’ll go with this idea!

  2. Alison January 10, 2011 at 8:35 am - Reply

    Sorry one more question … do you place the glue in the boxes too, or do the children get this independently from another area?

    • Deborah J. Stewart January 10, 2011 at 10:31 am - Reply

      Hi Alison – the only thing in the boxes are the items we have added for that specific week such as the snowmen paper plates and felt pieces. All other items such as glue, markers, scissors, crayons, and so on are out on the shelves all the time for children to get to as needed.

      • Alison January 10, 2011 at 12:46 pm

        Thank you for replying.

        I was trying to figure out the best way to implement for homeschoolin g. Think I’ll get a caddy to fill with supplies for my daughter to access as needed, help create independence.


  3. Barbara January 10, 2011 at 9:56 pm - Reply

    Thank you so much for including the “activity box” ideas…I plan to incorporate them into our classroom center time….

    • Deborah J. Stewart January 11, 2011 at 12:02 am - Reply

      That’s terrific Barbara!

  4. Little Wonders' Days January 10, 2011 at 10:13 pm - Reply

    This looks like fun! We’ll have to try it this week.

    • Deborah J. Stewart January 11, 2011 at 12:02 am - Reply

      We have played with them all week!

  5. Angela January 12, 2011 at 6:14 pm - Reply

    Love the mittens and snowmen!! Very cute!!

    • Deborah J. Stewart January 13, 2011 at 12:07 am - Reply

      Thank you Angela!

  6. Darcey January 16, 2011 at 1:38 pm - Reply

    These are great, Deborah! The snowmen are cute and hanging the mittens are good practice. I’ve included this post on my weekly favorites Take care and enjoy the rest of your Sunday.

    • Deborah J. Stewart January 16, 2011 at 2:25 pm - Reply

      Darcey – you are always so sweet! Thanks for including me on your weekly faves!

  7. polwig January 17, 2011 at 12:09 pm - Reply

    These are so cute. My kids absolutely love stickers and everything sticky so the snowman would be perfect for them.

    • Deborah J. Stewart January 17, 2011 at 9:13 pm - Reply

      Thanks for stopping by Kathy:) There are definitely lots of ways to modify these activities to make them fun for your child’res interest:)

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