I'm always extra grateful for a warm house and snuggly kids on snowy days, but sometimes, my snugglers become wiggle worms and we need a change of pace.
I'm a big fan of working a bit of learning into play activities. I came up with this Alphabet Mitten Matching Game to help the kiddos recognize that each letter has a "big" version and a "little" version. I thought it would be fun to use pairs of mittens to help us pair together the letters.
Each pair of mittens is decorated the same. I did it that way because I wanted the kids to have those silent hints as they learn which letters make a pair. My theory is that if they see the upper and lowercase letters together enough, they will absorb that information even if they just start out matching the designs.
Further down the line, I have plain mittens with just the letters on them (no designs). Once the kids are matching on a consistent basis, we can switch to those to make it a little more difficult. No more hints!
Elijah got bored pretty fast since he doesn't like to sit still for anything, Ellie wandered off because there was too much going on for her to handle in that small space, but Abby and Caleb hung around to play for a bit. This activity is a bit of a stretch for my kids, but I think in four or five months, it will be at the perfect learning level for them.
The next day, I took Ellie aside individually to see if she wanted to try again in a quieter environment. I set out 8-9 "big" letters at a time, and handed her one "little" letter to match. Sure enough, she LOVED the game as much as I thought she would. Yay! That lowercase "q" is a bit confusing, but other than that, she nailed it!
The best part? They see it as a game, while I see it as so much more! Sneaky Mommy!
I hope your family has fun with these! Let me know what you think about them below! And if you love them, I'd LOVE for you to Pin or share them with your friends. :)