With the snow and temperatures in Kansas City, your children are probably mostly indoors today. Have them collect all of the mittens/gloves in the house to play “Every Mitten Has a Match.” Have the children make two piles (one mitten in each pile). Pass out one of the piles to the children. Take the other pile and hide the mittens in different locations in the room/house. The game is simple, together as a family, you’ll chant, “Every mitten has a match. Has a match. Can Johnny find the match?” At that time, Johnny will get up and look for the matching mitten. The remainder of family members will chant, “Find the mitten. Find the mitten” while the child looks. This is an opportunity for a group activity, answering questions, positional concepts, and problem solving. Don’t have enough mittens? Use shoes, socks, or anything else that comes in a pair. Every kid that I’ve played this with has had so much fun because of the repetition and the joy of looking for a missing item.
~Marena Mitchell, Speech-Language Pathologist
Daily tips, activities, and suggestions on how to naturally embed speech, language, play, fine motor, gross motor, and cognitive skills into your child's day, often using the materials already found in your home environment.
Marena Mitchell is a speech-language pathologist