Let’s get right to it…this simple kids’ craft will take about 5 minutes, is great for any age, and leaves plenty of room for imagination. The steps are few, but the results are pleasantly surprising. So, without further ado (yes, I said ado), enjoy this paper mitten craft!
SUPPLIES FROM THE BAG
- Construction paper (color of your choice)
- Variety of small pompoms
- White Yarn
- Hole punch
- Elmer’s glue
Here at “In the Bag Kids’ Crafts” we strive to be different. There are so many kids’ craft sites that have amazing projects that I just love looking at (especially in those little Instagram boxes. I have seriously spent hours going down that rabbit hole.) But, let’s get real…so many of those projects are not made for children. They are made by other adults. So, what is the point? I already know how to you crayons and scissors? How about you? Here you will only find crafts that are actually doable for children to make for themselves…something that they can be proud of! It is in the process of creating that we learn and grow, not in the process of watching our mommy make something.
Wow! That sounded so harsh! I have never said it quite that way. Guess I am feeling a little crankier than usual today. I really do love my fellow creators. But, truly, I want you to be able to craft with your kids without pressure of perfection. Join me in the real world. And, to help, every craft on this site is made from the same master list of supplies so that you can be ready to craft at a moment’s notice without extra prep. Shop once, and be ready to go! Let me send you the printable supply list straight to your inbox…
Step 1: Trace your hand
- Place your hand on a piece of construction paper and make a mitten shape around your hand. Repeat this process with your other hand.
- Draw a cuff on each mitten.
- Cut out the mittens. For little ones who have not mastered using scissors yet, a grown up will likely need to help with this step. But be sure to only help as much as they need it and not more.
Wondering if your kiddo is ready for using scissors? Find out more here…
Step 2: Connect the mittens
- Use the hole punch to make a hole in the cuff of each mitten
- Cut 3 pieces of white yarn, approximately a yard long each
- Braid the pieces of yarn together
- *For little ones, skip the braiding and just use a single piece of string
- Tie the mittens together
Braiding is a great activity for working on coordinating your hands together, known as bilateral coordination. Loosely tie the 3 pieces of yarn together and tape the end down to a solid surface (or have a friend hold the ends) so that you can braid it. If this is a new skill to you, check out this video to learn how…
Step 3: Decorate the mittens
- Use the markers to decorate your mittens, any way that you would like
- Glue the pompoms onto the cuffs
*Your mittens should not look like the picture. Make them your own! They can be any color, with any kind of decorations that make you happy. Let’s do a Marie Kondo and spark some joy!