Run the mitten pattern off on a variety of colors of construction paper. I wanted mine to have a red mitten with a green cuff + a green mitten with a red cuff, so I ran off two of each page (one on red and one on green). Laminate, trim and then cut the cuffs off so that you create puzzles for a Magic e Mitten Matching Game.
Students choose either a mitten or snowman pattern; trace it onto a wordy section of the newspaper, and trim. Children guess-timate how many S's or Mm's they will find and write that information on the matching recording sheet. Students circle the letters and count them as they go and then fill in the rest of their recording sheet.
Run off the mitten template on a variety of colors of construction paper. Children choose one; teacher paints their hand white and presses it to the center of the mitten. Pulled cotton, glued on the cuff, adds the finishing touch. You could also write students' names in glitter. These make a vibrant bulletin board or winter boarder.
Your students will enjoy making these snowmen with a moveable carrot nose. Choose whatever standard you want your kiddo's to work on: upper and lowercase letter identification, counting by 1's, skip counting by 2's, 3's, 5's or 10's, or use on your December or January calendar to countdown the days. These are a great way to whole-group assess as well. Students could also partner up and quiz each other.
Make these into puzzles for independent centers that will help students count to 100 or review upper and lowercase letters. If you celebrate 100 Day in January, this would be a fun cut & glue activity. Run the tree-box grid off on blue construction paper. Students first cut and then glue the green number-tiles in the correct order. For that extra bit of pizzazz, have children dot on "snowflakes" using a Q-tip.
When your students come back from Christmas break, discuss resolutions and the goals that they have for the New Year. Children choose a ball and complete the writing prompt. After they share their work, collect and sprinkle on a green-turf background, using the enclosed caption poster in the center: Having A Ball Reaching Our New Year Goals. I've also included 2 more writing-prompt stationery pages, for journal options, including one with a hockey theme.
Practice place value with this fun craftivity. Students trace, write, cut and glue the numbers under the appropriate "doors" that flip up, to reveal the year. Students practice subtraction by subtracting the year they were born, from the New Year to get their age.
I made these every year as a Christmas gift for my students. I've also done these as a whole-group activity with 4 to 13 year-old's. You can also use a pipe cleaner bent over the head and hot glued on either side of the ball. Add a pom pom on each side to cover the "ends" and wahla you have ear muffs.