Painting with mittens

A fun way to change up the painting process is by offering different materials to paint with.  We changed up  the painting experience and invited the children to explore the process of painting with mittens…

Painting with mittens by Teach Preschool

Before we began painting with mittens, we gathered together for morning circle and read “The Three Little Kittens” by Paul Galdone. This book features the classical folktale of the three little kittens who have lost their mittens, complete with beautiful illustrations and wonderful words that rhyme. It is a simple to read version of the tale and our class loved it…

Mitten painting by Teach Preschool

We then played a fun mitten matching game…

Mitten painting by Teach Preschool

In this game, each child chose one mitten from the collection of mittens we had spread out on the floor and placed the mitten on one hand. When the music played, the children went around the classroom looking for who might have on their matching mitten.  We played several rounds of our mitten matching game, and as we played, the children got the hang of it and became more invested and excited to find their matching mitten…

Mitten painting by Teach Preschool

Next we moved on to our centers.  Mitten painting was offered at the art table.  For this simple and fun activity, a variety of paint was set out along with paper plates, mittens, and large sheets of paper…

Painting with mittens by Teach Preschool

The children put the mittens on their hands and then chose which colors of paint they wanted to use. They squeezed their paint out onto the paper plates and then pushed their mitten into the paint.  A few children chose to squeeze the paint directly onto their mittens…

Painting with mittens by Teach Preschool

When pressed onto the paper, the mittens left a perfect print (most of the time)…

Painting with mittens by Teach Preschool

Of course, some children didn’t stop at just leaving prints.  Some children wanted to cover their whole paper.  So they stamped away until their whole paper was covered.  The mittens left a beautiful texture in the paint…

Painting with mittens by Teach Preschool

Who knew that mittens could be used to make such interesting prints?

Painting with mittens by Teach Preschool

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Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. has been working and teaching in the field of early childhood education for over 30 years. Deborah currently owns and teaches in her own part-time, private preschool called The Children’s Studio. Deborah’s deep passion for teaching and working with young children is documented and then graciously shared with millions of readers around the world through her blog and other social networking communities. Deborah believes that young children learn best through play and exploration and embraces this belief in all that she does in her own classroom so that she can effectively and passionately share rewarding, real- life, tried-and-true practices with other teachers, parents, and leaders across the field of early childhood education.


  1. Eddie - The Usual Mayhem February 16, 2013 at 8:53 am - Reply

    What beautiful results they got using the mittens! Love them!

  2. kristin February 16, 2013 at 9:09 am - Reply


    adding this to my lesson plan ideas.

    thank you!

  3. Anna Earnshaw February 16, 2013 at 9:20 am - Reply

    You are amazing
    Your ideas are always innovative and challenging.
    Making your students think outside the box
    Thank you for sharing

  4. MIRIAM FERNANDEZ BORASO February 16, 2013 at 10:08 am - Reply


  5. Jeanette Nyberg February 16, 2013 at 1:44 pm - Reply

    OMG, I’m dying- this is the cutest idea ever! Serves all of those random mittens right to be painted with. I cannot wait to try this with my 3 year old.

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. February 16, 2013 at 5:05 pm - Reply

      We have a bunch of those random mittens too!

  6. Jessica @ Play Trains! February 17, 2013 at 7:18 pm - Reply

    This looks like too much fun. It really made me smile! Fantastic idea. I’ll have to see if my son will do it. He’s not fond of paint on his hands, but the mittens might be different.

  7. JDaniel4's Mom February 19, 2013 at 12:55 pm - Reply

    What a wonderful idea! I have some old gloves that I could use.

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