Felt board mitten math in preschool

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In my last post, I shared with you how we read The Mitten book and today, I want to share with you how we extended our reading of The Mitten by exploring a little felt mitten math…

Using a stack of felt mittens, we started our mitten math by estimating the number of mittens in a pile. The children closed their eyes and I placed a random set of mitten on the board in a loose pile. Then the children opened their eyes and I asked them to guess how many mittens were in the pile…

Once the children shouted our their guesses, we then counted the number of mittens together as I reorganized the pile of mittens into a straight line…

We continued this process until all the mittens were on the board – estimating the number first, then placing them in a line on the flannel board..

The children would naturally want to count the number of mittens in the pile rather then just make a guess.  Some of the children would count out loud and others would try to count in their heads as they tried to figure out how many mittens were in each pile.  We talked about the word, “estimating” and what it means to estimate or guess how many mittens were in the pile rather than to actually count them…

The next day Miss Abby and our Pre-K students used the felt mittens to make mitten patterns…

Each child took a turn completing a simple AB mitten pattern on the felt board. This was really kind of a review for our PreK kids…

We tried several kinds of patterns with the mittens such as the mittens point up and down or left and right…

So many fun possibilities with felt mitten math!

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Deborah J Stewart

Deborah J Stewart

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