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.



Winter Tree Artwork
Winter Crown
Q-Tips Snowflake

Activities and Lessons

The Mitten Felt Story Pieces


The Mitten Number Writing Booklet
Mittens and Animals Measurements

Science and Exploration

Warm or Cold Movement and Science Activity
What is Hibernation? Facts
Hot or Cold Weather?


Find the Matching Mittens
Animals in the Mittens Shadow Game
Mitten Rhyming


W is for Winter - Letter W Pre-writing Skills

Booklets and Other

Winter Poem Emergent Reader
Animals in Winter Emergent Reader


W is for Winter - Letter W Pre-writing Skills
Match Mitten Pairs
Mitten Tracing

Twiggle Books

Animals in Winter Twiggle Book




The Mitten Story Crafts, Activities, and Printables
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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

The Mitten Preschool circle game and activity
Preschool Activities: 

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.


Preschool Activities: 

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

Preschool Activities: 

Mitten Circle Game (available inside our KidsSoup Resource Library)
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.  

Preschool mitten circle game and activity
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Other Great Resources from Jan Bretts Website:

Animals and Mitten from Jan Brett

The Mitten Coloring Pages










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