Have you read the book The Mitten with your kids? It’s a sweet favourite of ours and the illustrations are beautiful. I was inspired by this book to create some math works. Afterall, counting and adding just seem to fit the theme with this book, right? Using The Mitten as inspiration, I created some Mitten themed addition strips.

We are exploring many winter themes at school until the end of the month so these little printables worked perfectly. I remember the first time I created these types of strips last year for my son- he loved them so much! I can’t help but add different themes to grab the attention of my little learner.

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Here’s how we use our Mitten Addition Strips!

Mitten Addition Strips

Age: Yvann is 4 years old

Why: Addition strips like these are a great way to practice simple addition. These cards can be used in a Montessori environment. They can also easily be used to create hands-on activities or as worksheets.

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Ideas for Using Mitten Addition Strips

I like to cut apart each individual addition strip to create a hands-on activity. You could keep these attached however and present this printable as a worksheet.

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We tend to laminate our addition strips. This allows my students to practice writing the numbers on the sheets. By laminating the strips, we get multiple use out of them. You could also opt to add velcro dots to the laminated strips for children to add the corresponding number square. This also allows for multiple use.

When presenting our mitten addition strips, I also like to present a manipulative. This allows children to count out exactly what they are doing. They can see how much each number quantity is, which helps them to grasp the concept of addition.

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Get your set of Mitten Addition Strips


  • 21 Addition Strips
  • Instructions for use

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