There is something appealing about mittens! Whether it
is their bright colors or interesting textures, mittens are fun to wear
and explore. During the cold months of winter a mitten theme is just the
things to warm up little hands and hearts!
Hats, Socks And Mittens
and the Christmas Mitten
Mitten Gift Package
3 Little Kittens Who Lost Their Mittens
Create a class/group graph of the different types of mittens or gloves the
The Mitten by Jan Brett… Print the characters from this book from
the Jan Brett website www.janbrett.com
. Find or make a big white mitten. (Two pieces of white felt
sewn together works well.) Or purchase the The
Mitten Gift Package
that goes with the story by Jan Brett!
Have the children retell the story using these props. Use them
when you tell the story. Or add Velcro dots to the back of the
pictures to use them on a felt board.
3 Little Kittens Who Lost Their Mittens-
Cut felt shapes of three kittens, a mommy kitten, and the mittens, or buy
a precut set like Dress-Up
Kitties Pre-Cut Soft Felt Storybook
,help the children retell the story using the felt shapes.
Mitten Game- After telling the story, tell the children some kittens
may have lost their mittens in the classroom. Give one child a kitten
puppet to wear and hide a mitten in the classroom without the child
seeing. Have one child be the looker, give him or her a kitten puppet to
wear, ask the other children to tell the kitten if she/he is hot or cold
to help him/her children find a mitten. Another way to play- hide many
mittens in the room and you wear the kitten puppet, have children look for
mittens and bring them to you.
Songs, Poems, &
(Try this poem with the kids, have 10
mittens cut from construction paper to use with it, toss mittens on the
floor as you recite the poem.)
3 mittens 4
How many mittens are on the floor?
7 mittens 8
Now we need to lay them straight
Oh lets see
Just how many there will be.
(Count them with the children. See
if they can figure out how many "pairs" of mittens that is.)
the poem on chart paper, point to the words as you read the poem with
the children. Add interest to the activity by wearing a funny mitten on
your hand or using a pointer with a mitten on the end of it!
Math & Number Concepts
Mitten Match/Sort: Create
or purchase mittens to make a color mitten matching game or a sorting
game. To add more challenge use mittens with different patterns on them to
help children build their visual discrimination skills.
Mitten Clothes Line: Tie a string
across two chairs, and provide clothes pins and mittens you have made from
construction paper, encourage the children to clip then on to the clothes
line in different patterns, or label the mittens with numbers or the
alphabet and see if the children can hang them in the correct order.
Decorate a mitten! Provide children with a
large cut out of a mitten from a strong paper or card stock. Have a
variety of art materials for them to use such as 9
ct. Washable Glitter Glue, sequins, rickrack, pom-poms, and more. Let the children glue on
whatever they would like or decorate however they wish to make their very
own one of a kind mitten. Hang the finished mittens on a classroom
the children dictate a story to you about their mitten. Give them a
story starter such as, "One day I was playing outside and my
Children can make this little decoration as a gift or just for fun!
Cut four identical mitten shapes from Felt
Sheets - One Pound by Chenille Kraft
. Place two mitten shapes together, sandwich a one end of a 6-inch
or longer piece of jute/craft string into the
two mittens and glue together. Do the same with the second set of
mittens gluing them to the other end of the jute. Then let the
children embellish them with buttons, fabric scraps, glitter glue, or whatever
you have on hand. They look really cute
hanging on a Christmas tree.
Put a variety of felt
mittens on the flannel board for the children to use to retell stories.
Put out extra winter clothing in the
housekeeping or dramatic play area for children to use in their play.
Music & Movement
The Freeze- Play the song the Freeze, from
the recording Kids
by Greg & Steve. Make
the dancing even more fun by giving the children Dazzler
to dance with!
Mitten Bean Bags: Make
beanbags out of old mittens that don’t have a match, you can use them
for a variety of beanbag games.
Fill your discovery table with snow and set
out a variety of mittens for the children to wear as they play in the
snow. Talk about which mittens are warmer, waterproof, etc.
Have children record their results on a classroom chart.
Fill the discovery table
with all kinds of different pieces of yarn for the children to explore.
"Feely" Mitten Match: Collect a variety of PAIRS of mittens.
Place one of each pair under a dark cloth and the others on top of the
cloth. Have the children reach under the cloth and FEEL
the mittens and try to find the match.
Add a dress up bear to your calendar area;
let the children take turns dressing him for the weather.
Blocks & Building
Tape mitten cut outs with
different decorations on each pair onto several square blocks. Leave them
set up in the block area and encourage the children to match up the mitten
Puzzles, Games &
Mitten Lacing Cards: Make
your own mitten lacing cards! Cut a mitten shape from tag-board or
some or cardstock, decorate, laminate, and punch holes around the outside
of the mitten shape for a cute lacing card.
Visit the Jan Brett website
for all kinds of fun activities to do with her classic book The Mitten.
Mitten Sandwiches: Make sandwiches and cut
them with Mitten
for a fun mitten shaped snack.