At play with mittens like the Three Little Kittens

As mentioned in the previous post, we read the wonderful book “The Three Little Kittens” by Paul Galdone. In this book the kittens do everything in their mittens which leads to missing mittens and soiled mittens and gets mama a little upset. We continued to build on the story of the Three Little Kittens through our play with mittens…

Mitten Play by Teach Preschool

As already shared in the previous post, we soiled our mittens just like the Three Little Kittens by exploring a little mitten painting…

At play with mittens by Teach Preschool

In the book, the three little kittens also wash their mittens and hang them out to dry so we “washed” our mittens and hung them out to dry too…

Mitten Play by Teach Preschool

Hanging up mittens with clothespins is great fine motor skill practice. We tied a very long piece of thin rope across our classroom to allow plenty of space for lots of mittens…

At play with mittens by Teach Preschool

Mitten hanging was another fun way to build on our story of The Three Little Kittens – now we can have some pie!

At play with mittens by Teach Preschool

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By |2013-02-18T06:00:28+00:00February 18th, 2013|

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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. Brenna February 18, 2013 at 7:11 am - Reply

    Hanging mittens on the clothesline is great for fine motor practice and exercising the fingers. Students love it too

  2. MIRIAM FERNANDEZ BORASO February 18, 2013 at 11:05 am - Reply

    hello! can I ask you a question? Do the children bring there own mittens from home or you have some pairs of them just an extra material to use in any activity?
    I like this idea a lot1 thanks for sharing!
    love from ARGENTINA!

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. February 18, 2013 at 11:13 am - Reply

      Hello Miriam,
      I think you can do it either way. You will notice that some of our mittens hanging on the line are just simple mitten shapes cut out of felt. The rest of our mittens (the real ones) are ones that I have collected along the way. The children were not asked to bring a pair of their own but it actually might be something they would enjoy doing and sharing. As for painting with mittens – I recommend that you don’t use ones that the children bring from home unless the parents don’t mind:)


    • elizabeth March 9, 2013 at 1:42 pm - Reply

      Another way this activity has worked for me is to cut the mittens from pieces of different colored felt. Two red mitten shapes, two orange, etc. I hope this is helpful also.


  3. Sheryl February 18, 2013 at 1:18 pm - Reply

    We use a wooden drying rack for clothes to hang our mittens on. It folds up for easy storage. Sometimes Target has mittens for a dollar a pair.

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. February 18, 2013 at 4:27 pm - Reply

      Your wooden rack sounds like a great idea for offering up mitten play then easy storage later on. I actually purchased the toddler mittens we used for painting from Walmart in the baby section. They were 4 pair for $1. I am not sure if this was a clearance price or I just got lucky but I bought what was left at our store:)

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