First grade students improved their hand-eye coordination by creating sewn mittens. We began this unit by reading The Mitten by Jan Brett. Students loved hearing about all of the animals that try to live inside the mitten and we talked as a class about the ideas in the book.
After reading the story, students designed a two piece mitten of their own. They decorated the mitten with a variety of repeating lines to make an interesting design. Then they sewed the two sides of their mitten together using a needle and yarn.