We love games that can be used time after time and differentiated, especially when they work on fine motor skills too! This Mitten Match Number and a Fine Motor Skills activity is a fun learning activity for your preschooler or kindergartener that is sure to be a hit!
Matching activities are great for developing visual discrimination skills. These skills are needed when a child start learning to recognize the different numbers and letters. This mitten matching activity works on numbers skills too, identifying numbers and pairing them with the corresponding number of dots. A whole lot of fun learning opportunities here!
Mitten Match Number and Fine Motor Skills
I made these mittens with felt (I love felt), but one can use craft foam or cardboard too. Simply use a mitten template (you can use this), and cut different color mittens, two of each color. These sets can be used for younger kids as a color matching activity too: simply match the two “friends”.
Use stickers or labels for the numbers and dots. Then it is not permanent and can be changed, for example to match upper and lower case letters.
Add clothespins to the setup and you are ready to play!
Ready to learn?
Attach the number to the corresponding dots: count the dots, identify the correct number and peg together! (I only used up to number five for this activity, but you can adjust that according to your child’s capability.)
Ideas for extending this matching activity:
- For older kids use simple sums. For example: one mitten is marked 1+2, another 3. That is the matching pair.
- Use as a memory game: turn the mittens upside down and find the pairs like you would do with a memory game.
- Use these mittens for number ordering: peg the mittens from 1-10 onto a “washing line” string. Or backwards to practice counting backwards.