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Fun and Easy Mitten Theme Activities for Preschoolers

February 1, 2024
5 mittens in different sizes for sorting

Fun and Easy Mitten Theme Activities for Preschool Theme: Creative Ideas for Winter Learning

With winter in full swing, I’ve found that mitten theme activities are a great way to incorporate seasonal fun into our curriculum. Not only do these activities help children learn about winter clothing and weather during this time of the year, but they also provide opportunities for developing fine motor skills, counting, and more.

One of my favorite mitten themed activities is creating a mitten matching game. This is a simple activity that can be adapted for different age groups. For younger children, I create pairs of mittens with different colors or patterns and have them match the pairs. For older children, I add numbers or letters to the mittens and have them match the pairs based on those criteria. This activity is great for developing visual discrimination skills and can be easily modified to suit different learning goals. 

Another mitten activity is to have a large mitten and have the children guess how many things will fit. Provide a bucket full of manipulatives for them to use. Once they put in their guesses, have them see how many different objects will fit in the mitten.

One more fun mitten themed activity is creating mitten art. This can be done using a variety of materials, such as construction paper, tissue paper, or even real mittens. Children can cut out mitten shapes and decorate them with glitter, sequins, or other embellishments. This activity is not only fun and creative, but it also helps develop fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination.

Fine Motor Skills

Mitten activities are also a great way to help young children develop their fine motor skills. Activities such as threading yarn through the holes in a mitten or sorting and matching different colored mittens can help children improve their hand-eye coordination and dexterity.

For optimal use of the mitten lacing card below, it’s recommended to print it on a thick cardstock. This ensures a sturdy grip for your child, preventing any bending or falling while they’re punching the holes.

Mitten Theme Activities Hole Punch worksheet for preschool

Young Children and Learning with Mittens

Mitten activities are suitable for young children as well. Even toddlers can participate in simple activities such as sorting and matching mittens by color or size. These activities can help young children learn about colors, shapes, and sizes while also improving their fine motor skills.

5 mittens in different sizes for sorting

Circle Time in a Fun Way

Learning about mittens during circle time in the early childhood classroom setting is a great way to learn descriptive words. A few ideas for mitten fun during circle time is:

1. Have each child decorate a paper mitten. Have them bring their mitten to circle time and share what makes their mitten unique.

2. With that same mitten, have the other students try to guess who made the mitten.

3. Have the children bring their own mittens to circle time and describe them to their friends.

4. Talk about why forest animals would or would not benefit from wearing mittens. Then talk about winter animals such as arctic foxes, polar bears etc and why they don’t need mittens

A black and white image of a mitten

Themed Activities

Favorite Winter Theme Books

I love incorporating cute story books into my preschool activities, and winter-themed books are no exception. Some of my favorite winter books for preschoolers include in your literacy centers:

 “The Mitten” by Jan Brett This is a great mitten book to teach friendship and kindness.

Snowmen at Night” by Caralyn Buehner. This book is so creative! I love how the boy imagines what happens to his snowman when he closes his eyes.

Winter is Here” by Kevin Henkes. This book focuses on how amazing winter is when you discover through sight and smell! 

These books are not only fun to read, but they also provide great opportunities for discussions and activities related to winter themes.

Mitten Theme Sensory Bin

Sensory bins are a great way to engage preschoolers in hands-on learning. For a mitten-themed sensory bin, I like to use white rice as the base and add in various items such as mini mittens, snowflakes, and pom poms. This allows children to explore different textures and colors while also incorporating the mitten theme.

Free Downloads of Mitten Activities

6 black and white images of mittens to color

For an easy and fun activity, I recommend downloading and printing out a mitten-themed coloring page. 

The themed mitten activities are a great way to engage preschoolers in fun and educational winter activities. By incorporating books, sensory bins, and coloring activities, children can learn about winter themes while also developing important skills.

Pair of mittens in black and white with a border

Mitten Activity for Toddlers and Preschoolers

Hand-Eye Coordination

This activity involves having the preschoolers throw a small ball into a mitten. To set up the activity, you will need a mitten and a small ball. Have the preschoolers stand a few feet away from the mitten and take turns trying to throw the ball into the mitten.

To make the activity more challenging, you can have them stand farther away or use a smaller ball. You can also have them try to throw the ball with their non-dominant hand to further develop their coordination skills.

This activity is not only fun for the preschoolers, but it also helps to develop their hand-eye coordination, which is an important skill for many activities in life.

Give this mitten activity a try with your preschoolers and watch as they develop their coordination skills while having fun!

Winter Activities

Fun Activities

Winter is the perfect time to engage preschoolers in fun and easy mitten theme activities. Here are a few activities that are sure to keep your little ones entertained:

  1. Mitten Match-Up: Cut out several pairs of mittens from construction paper and mix them up. Have your preschooler match up the mittens by finding the pairs that match. This activity helps with color recognition and memory skills.

  2. Mitten Art: Provide your preschooler with a piece of paper and a variety of materials such as cotton balls, glitter, and stickers. Have them create a winter scene using the materials to decorate the mittens. This activity promotes creativity and fine motor skills.

  3. Mitten Relay Race: Divide the preschoolers into teams and have them race to see who can put on and take off a pair of mittens the fastest. This activity promotes teamwork and gross motor skills.

These fun and easy mitten theme activities are perfect for keeping preschoolers entertained during the winter months.

Mitten Unit

Activity Ideas

  1. Mitten Matching Game: Cut out several pairs of mitten shapes from colored construction paper. Then, draw different designs on each mitten, making sure to create matching pairs. Have your preschoolers match the pairs of mittens by placing them side by side.

  2. Mitten Counting: Cut out several mitten shapes and write numbers on them. Have your preschoolers count out the corresponding number of buttons or pom-poms to place on each mitten.

Mitten Story Books

The Mitten by Jan Brett is a beloved children’s book that tells the story of a lost mitten and the animals that seek refuge inside it. This heartwarming tale is perfect for teaching preschoolers about sharing and kindness.

Jan Brett’s The Mitten

Jan Brett is such an iconic writer of children’s books. The Mitten is a winter classic you’ll definitely want to read.

Jan Brett’s website offers a variety of free resources, including coloring pages, activity sheets, and even a virtual tour of her studio. These resources can be a great addition to your Mitten Unit and can help engage your preschoolers in the story.

Fun Mitten Craft

One of the best ways to get preschoolers excited about learning is by incorporating fun crafts into your lesson plans. A simple and fun mitten craft that your preschoolers will love is making paper mittens.

To make paper mittens, you’ll need construction paper, scissors, glue, and decorations such as stickers, glitter, or pom-poms. First, trace a mitten shape onto a piece of construction paper and cut it out. Then, have your preschoolers decorate the mitten using the decorations and glue.

This activity not only helps preschoolers develop their fine motor skills but also allows them to express their creativity. Plus, they’ll love showing off their unique and colorful paper mittens to their friends and family.

Overall, incorporating mitten-themed activities into your lesson plans is a great way to keep preschoolers engaged and excited about learning. The paper mitten craft is just one example of the many fun and easy activities you can do with your preschoolers.

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Hi there! I’m Mandy and I’m creator behind Teaching Pockets. I'm a former preschool teacher with a passion for helping busy Moms by providing them with fun and meaningful teaching resources that spark excitement, curiosity and a love of learning.

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