Make learning letters and numbers fun and effective with these mitten roll and cover mats. They are perfect for winter math and literacy centers or morning work.
Use the alphabet version to teach letter sounds and letter formation and the number version to teach number sense and number formation.
We have really been enjoying roll and cover mats lately. These snowman roll and cover mats are recent favorites. I thought it would be nice to do another winter version, so I made these mitten roll and cover mats that are just so stinkin’ cute!
Benefits of the Snowman Roll and Cover Mats
They cover a variety of math and literacy skills while also being differentiated to the needs of learners at a variety of levels of ability.
Here are some of the skills covered while using the mats:
Number sense – Number recognition, counting, subitizing, one to one correspondence, writing numbers and number words.
Literacy skills – Letter recognition, letter sounds, beginning sounds recognition, writing uppercase and lowercase letters.
The mitten roll and cover mats include every letter of the alphabet. There are uppercase tracing letters, lowercase tracing letters and handwriting lines for children who have moved beyond tracing and just need to practice writing the letters on their own. There are also mats for numbers 1-12.
Children can practice number recognition and counting with numbers 1-6 or they can use two dice and add the numbers together for the numbers 7-12. They will do this by keeping one dice at a 6 then rolling the other and adding it to the 6.
Not only is this a fun way to develop these very important math and literacy skills, but is also hands-on and engaging for kids.
Setting up the Mitten Roll and Cover Mats
I created these mitten roll and cover mats in a way that requires very few supplies and limits the amount of prep you need to do ahead of time.
Once they get the hang of it, most kids will be able to do them independently. That’s why they are perfect for math and literacy centers or morning work.
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- Roll and Cover Mats (button to download at the bottom of this post)
- Dice (I like these)
- Foam blocks (to make alphabet dice)
- Pom poms, counting chips, gems or something else to use as manipulatives
- Dry-erase markers or wet erase markers
- Laminator and laminating pouches or Write and Wipe Pockets
Once you buy these supplies you will be able to use them over and over again for all of the roll and cover mats I make in the future.
- Make alphabet dice by writing one letter on each side of a foam block.
- Laminate the mats or slip them into write and wipe pockets. I have found that 5 mil laminating sheets work best if you want to use dry-erase markers on them. Otherwise it doesn’t come off. If all you have is 3 mil, then I would use wet erase markers instead. Overall, I prefer write and wipe pockets most.
Using the Mitten Roll and Cover Mats
Children will roll the dice – either number dice or alphabet dice depending on the mat being used. They can also use two number dice and add the numbers together when using the mats that include numbers 7-12.
Then they will cover the corresponding number or beginning sound picture on the mat with some type of manipulative. In this case, we used white pom poms that we called snowballs. The kids loved that!
Finally, they will write the number or letter or trace it, depending on which mats you are using.
This continues until all of the numbers or pictures have been covered on the mat.
These mats really engage young learners in a game-like activity while also giving them so much practice with a variety of skills.
I hope your kids enjoy them as much as my kids do!
Here are some more winter activities your kids may enjoy!