First Graders just completed these lovely textured mittens. We began by reading The Mitten by Jan Brett, which served as a great inspiration for the students. They then were introduced to the word texture (the way an object feels) and began cutting up strips of various fabric. On the second day we discussed the word symmetry and used the analogy of a butterfly as an example from nature. We arranged our fabric strips from the week prior in a way that was symmetrical, thus creating a pair of matching mittens. The third day students cut up glitter paper (made by brushing glitter glue on regular construction paper) and arranged their pieces to form a border surrounding their mittens...similar to the the borders surrounding Brett's lovely illustrations. This lesson was inspired by the lesson found on the color, collage, and much more blog (http://colorandcollage.blogspot.com/), one of my favs!