The Mitten Activities and Crafts


Inside: The Mitten activities to go with the picture book by Jan Brett. Includes crafts, printable resources, games and more for preschool, kindergarten, and elementary students.

Raise your hand if you love Jan Brett! Her now-classic version of The Mitten is a favorite classroom read aloud every winter. This cozy picture book is perfect for teaching sequencing and story retelling, making predictions, and developing vocabulary.

Whether you’re using it as a one-day activity, as part of a Jan Brett author study, or for a mitten theme unit, you’re sure to love at least one of these 20+ activities that go with The Mitten.

The Mitten Math & Literacy Activities

I’ve listed these math and literacy activities for The Mitten in order of the age/grade level of students.

First up is a Montessori inspired mitten activity for toddlers or young preschoolers. This activity looks like it’s engaging and easy to set up.

Circle time after reading the story will be super memorable with the live retelling featured here.

For younger children, a Mitten story-based invitation to play opens up lots of opportunities to explore the storyline.

I LOVE the dramatic element of this Mitten story mask activity.

If you have a light table this free printable is a perfect Mitten activity for preschoolers.

Mittens can also be part of a cute snowball counting activity. It’s not story specific but definitely coordinates well with it.

Next, this mitten themed letter sound activity originally went with a different book, but you could easily use it with The Mitten too.

You can teach vocabulary from the story and introduce students to the real versions of each animal with this free slideshow. (You could also print it out if that works better for you.)

My hands-on, editable mitten sight word activity reinforces comprehension of a couple key details in the story.

Or, use real mittens for two more engaging mitten sight word game ideas.

Need something that requires no prep? Print off some free mitten theme sight word worksheets that complement the story.

The printable story sequencing hats in my store have different versions for both readers and non-readers. These are a fun way to get kids talking about the story. They can read each other’s hats, and also wear their hat home to retell the story to their family.

After reading Jan Brett’s book, you can give students a free printable emergent reader for The Mitten that’s just right for new readers.

Next, this comprehensive unit for 2nd – 4th grade looks like it would be worth purchasing.

Mitten Crafts to Go with the Book

Make this cute mitten handprint craft with white mittens and colored handprints to go along with the story.

Another easy mitten craft for younger kids is this tissue paper suncatcher. (no photo)

You could adapt this mitten ornament for any time of year, and it would be great fine motor practice too.

I love the process of this mitten craft for young preschoolers.

Adapt this mitten bookmark craft to fit the story by replacing the snowman with a child.

I especially love this blue snowflake mitten craft because you can use it to talk about how if the mittens were white they would blend in with the snow like they do in the story.

Finally, these sweet handprint mitten ornaments would be perfect if you’re looking for a keepsake to send home.

So there you have it – over 20 The Mitten activities for your little learners. Which one will you try first?

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