We explored mitten weaving in preschool

When we introduced the concept of mitten weaving to our preschool students, an interesting discussion began to evolve as to who might actually weave their own mittens in real life. One of our students was quite certain that mitten weaving was something that only poor people need to do and the others seemed to agree or have no real opinion at all…

Mitten Weaving by Teach Preschool

The children, in their own sweet way, were demonstrating their understanding of what is quite true in most homes today. Instead of weaving our own mittens, most of us hop down to the nearest store and buy a pair of mittens when we need them. Leading to the conclusion that if you can’t buy a pair of mittens, then perhaps this is why you would make a pair of mittens. The process of mitten weaving is a historical concept to most preschoolers of today.  Mitten weaving may be something they see shown in movies or pictures as being old fashioned and only taking place in small cabins in the woods…

Weaving Mittens by Teach Preschool

So before exploring the mitten weaving process that was posted up on our direction’s board, it was important for our students to have some perspective on how some mittens are made before they are sold in the stores. It was important to invite our children to share their perspectives and as they did, to help them discover that mitten weaving is a creative process of making something beautiful with your hands that could be enjoyed by anyone who wanted to learn how…

Weaving Mittens by Teach Preschool

As the children began our simplified weaving process with cardboard mittens, they soon found out that mitten weaving takes practice and skill. The process of wrapping the yarn around the mitten, keeping the yarn from getting tangled, and choosing different colors of yarn to make the mitten colorful, soft, and fluffy was a challenging process…

Weaving Mittens by Teach Preschool

Each child spent their time exploring the mitten weaving process and went about the process in their own way…

Weaving Mittens by Teach Preschool

Some of the children found that it was easier to cut short pieces of yarn to wrap around their mittens. Others preferred cutting long lengths of yarn so the weaving process would not have to stop and start over again too quickly…

Weaving Mittens by Teach Preschool

Others really put their best effort into making their mittens as colorful and fluffy as possible…

Weaving Mittens by Teach Preschool

We have been doing lots of different types of weaving in our classroom lately which we will be sure to share but for today, the discussion on weaving and the process of weaving opened the door to new perspectives on the process…

Weaving Mittens by Teach Preschool

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By |2013-02-19T06:00:51+00:00February 19th, 2013|

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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. Diane Postman February 19, 2013 at 8:02 am - Reply

    I used to do a mitten theme in January. My focal book was The Mitten and my nursery rhyme was the 3 Little Kittens. I did some of the things I have seen you post but had not done the weaving. I had done that for spider webs but not mittens. Very cute. I also made a giant mitten from a sheet. It was large enought that several children could get inside as we acted out The Mitten. Thought I’d share in case you haven’t tried this.
    I have a photo somewhere if you’d ever like to see.

  2. MIRIAM FERNANDEZ BORASO February 19, 2013 at 9:43 am - Reply

    hello! amazing idea! can you upload the pattern of the big mitten, pls! thnks for sharing!
    hugs & kisses from ARGENTINA!

  3. Amanda Miss Panda February 19, 2013 at 2:34 pm - Reply

    This is a great idea and it is fun for the children. I like the way everything is organized so it is for the children. We will be weaving soon in our class. Thank you!

  4. Amanda February 19, 2013 at 7:36 pm - Reply

    We did mitten weaving about a month or so ago, when we had the letter ‘Mm’ for our letter of the week. I don’t think I was in the classroom when the head teacher did the actual project, but it seems to be a popular one.

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