Marvelous mittens

The Mitten is one of our favorite winter stories to share with our preschool children.  There are many versions of the story by different authors, and we’ve read them all!  We have several mitten activities to accompany these books that I would like to share with you today…

Marvelous mittens by Teach Preschool

The Mitten is written in a way that it provides a wonderful opportunity for the children to re-tell, or act out, the story.  After reading our story during circle time, we invited the children to retell of their own version of the mitten

Marvelous mittens by Teach Preschool

There are many skills to be gained from exploring math on a felt board, such as learning colors, patterning, counting, and adding.  Felt board mitten math is another great circle time activity…

Marvelous mittens by Teach Preschool

Hanging mittens on a clothes line is great for building fine motor skills…

Marvelous mittens by Teach Preschool

Another excellent way to encourage fine motor use is through weaving.  This mitten weaving activity is a fun and colorful way to get those little fingers working…


Painting with mittens is an excellent way to explore color and texture through creative art…


We paired a few of these activities with the book The Three Little Kittens.  It is another great book, especially if you are planning a whole unit on mittens!

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By |2013-12-23T03:00:41+00:00December 23rd, 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. Janet T. December 23, 2013 at 11:17 am - Reply

    Great additions to my mitten ideas! Here’s mine. For our dramatic play of the story I get a big blanket and read the story. For each animal I say.. “Who wants to be a ___?” Sometimes we have 6 bears or no owls, but that’s just fine. Soon the blanket is billowing with all the animals giggling away. The final “animal” tries to fit in and I sweep the blanket into the air as it “explodes”. We often have to do it many times so everyone can be different animals. This works very well with “the little old lady who swallowed a fly.” too.

  2. [email protected] December 23, 2013 at 11:54 am - Reply

    Love all these ideas. I always am impressed how you incorporate fine and gross motor skills. So important at this age that they are multisensory activities that include movement.

    • gwynne December 24, 2013 at 12:25 am - Reply

      We do something similar—-Last year I took 2 old sheets and cut them out into mitten shapes, then sewed them together. They choose which animal they want to be, and then go inside the mitten until the big sneeze.

      p.s. Love the mitten sorting idea.

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