The Mitten Preschool Activities and Crafts

Preschool The Mitten Story Crafts, Activities, and Printables
The Mitten and winter preschool and kindergarten activities, lessons, crafts, and games. Jan Brett's wonderful adaption of the Ukrainian Folktale "The Mitten" makes a great base for a unit on mittens to use during the winter months with your preschool and kindergarten children. Our fun activities will help you to teach and your children practice and learn math and language arts concepts and make fun mitten and winter inspired arts and craft projects. With our activities and printable materials, preschool and kindergarten children can be practicing and applying their skills in a meaningful thematic winter unit. 

Samples of our over 50 The Mitten preschool activities, crafts, and games available inside our KidsSoup Resourve Library.


Themes and Projects

Snow and Ice Lesson Ideas


Q-Tips Snowflake
M for Mitten Book
Mitten Folder

Activities and Lessons

The Mitten Sight Words
The Mitten Activities
The Mitten Story Sequencing


Mitten Number Writing Booklet
Elsa Snow Flakes Patterns
Winter Animal Sorting by Size

Science and Exploration

The Mitten Animal Facts
Tracks in the Snow
Hot or Cold Weather?


Mitten Match
ABC Mittens
M for Mitten Game

Booklets and Other

Animals in Winter Emergent Reader
The Mitten Emergent Reader Booklet
Winter Clothing Word Wall


Letter M, Help Find the Mittens
Snowflake Tracing
Mitten Tracing
Free The Mitten Story Crafts, Activities, and Printables
Reading / Language Arts
Read The Mitten by Jan Brett and talk about the book. Ask questions like: Which season is it in the story? How do you know it is winter? Why doesn't Nicki's grandmother want to make him white mittens? Why do you think the animals want to be inside his mitten? Where would the animals usually be during the winter? Which animals go inside the mitten? How does the mitten change throughout the story? Do you think this story could really have happened?

The Mitten Story Re-telling Activity and Song
Print out the Mitten Animals printable and cut out. Laminate for extra strength.

The Mitten Re-telling activity and song for preschool
Preschool Activities: 

Let children put the animals (crawl in) in the mitten as you re-read or retell the story or sing the following song:

The Mitten
(Tune: The Farmer in the Dell)
Author Unknown
The mitten on the ground,
The mitten on the ground,
Heigh-ho! It's cold outside,
The mitten on the ground.
The (mole) snuggles in,
The (mole) snuggles in,
Heigh-ho! It's cold outside,
The (mole) snuggles in.
(After the last animal, all pretend to sneeze and fall out of the mitten.) 

Mittens and Animals Measurement and Oral Language Activity
Skill: Directly compare two objects with a measurable attribute in common. For example, directly compare the size of two mittens and describe one mitten as larger/smaller.

Mitten measurement and language activity preschool and kindergarten
Preschool Activities: 

Print mitten and animal patterns and cut out. Let children color their mittens and animals. Color version available inside our KidsSoup Resource Library.

Comparing Sizes
Let children choose two mittens. Let them compare the mittens. Encourge children to use language such as, "The red mitten is larger then the blue mitten." The blue mitten is smaller." 

Mitten measurement and oral language activity for preschool
Preschool Activities: 

Mittens and Animals Matching Activity
Have children match the animals with the correct size mitten.

Mittens and Animals Sequencing Activity
Let children place the animals and mitten in order from the largest to the smallest.

Preschool mittens and animals size sequencing activity
Preschool Activities: 

Mitten rhymes, songs, games, and activities for your preschool and kindergarten classroom

Samples of mitten crafts, activities, folder games, and printables available inside our KidsSoup Resource Libary.


Mittens for the snow time
When the world is white.
Mittens for my two hands.
Mittens left and right.

Mittens with a thumb place.
Mittens warm and snug.
Mittens make me feel
like A bug inside a rug!
Author Unknown

Hanging Mittens Fine Motor Skills Activity
Place a variety of mittens inside a basket. Attach a line between two chairs or corner of a room. Let children use clothespins to clip the mittens on the drying line.

Mittens activities and games for kindergarten and preschool
Preschool Activities: 

Mitten Tactile Awareness Game
Place a variety of small items/toys or toy animals from The Mitten story on the table or floor. Look at the items together and describe their shapes. Let children close their eyes and place an item inside a large mitten. Hand the mitten to the children and let them feel the outside of the mitten to identify the item that is inside the mitten. After each child has had a guess, reveal the item. Repeat with a different item.

Have children estimate how many toy animals can fit into a mitten. Record their responses and then discuss their findings.

Mitten Circle Game
Children sing the song as one child is going around the circle. At the end of the song the child drops a mitten behind one of the other children standing in a circle and taps him/her on the shoulder. The child then must pick up the mitten and run around the circle after the child and try to tag, or catch, the child before he or she gets to the vacant place in the circle.  

A Tisket, A Tasket
(Tune: A Tisket, A Tasket)
Adapted by Jolanda Garcia, KidsSoup Inc.

A-tisket, a-tasket,
Mittens in my basket.
I wanted to bring them to my love,
But on the way I dropped it.
I dropped it, I dropped it,
And, on the way I dropped it.
A little child picked it up,
And put it in the pocket. 
It isn't you, it isn't you . . It's YOU!"

Other Great Resources from Jan Bretts Website:

Animals and Mitten from Jan Brett

The Mitten Coloring Pages

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