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One of my all-time favorite children’s authors is Jan Brett, and one my favorite books of her is The Mitten.
I love her storytelling, and her illustrations can’t be beat. I love that all of her stories contain a story within a story.
As you read her books, be sure to explore the illustrations in the borders on each page. They foreshadow what is coming up next.
Nothing is more fun than bringing a book to life with hands-on activities. So, I’ve created a preschool printable for The Mitten. It’s an instant download. No need to sign up!
Jan Brett’s The Mitten
The Mitten is a great winter-time story for preschoolers and their older siblings. In the story, a young boy named Nicki wants his Baba to make him some mittens that are white as snow. She reluctantly makes him a pair, but warns they may get lost if he drops them outside.
What happens when he heads outside on a snowy afternoon? Who finds his mitten on the ground? And, what adventure does his mitten go on before he finds it?
After you’ve read The Mitten, your preschoolers will enjoy this fun hands-on sorting activity. You’ll need pompoms and construction paperto complete this activity. Trace their hands on the construction paper, and cut around it to make the shape of mittens. You can do one or two of each color.
Then, put all the pompoms in a bowl in front of your child. Ask them to sort the pompoms by color matching the pompoms to the same colored mitten.
When your kiddo is done with this activity, you can punch holes around the edges of a mitten (or more if they want). Have your child use the yarn to lace the mitten. This is a great way to let them work on their fine motor skills.
The Mitten Printable
After your preschoolers complete the sorting activity above, print out these printable activity pages. Inside this pack, you’ll find a printable lacing card and cutouts for your preschoolers to use as they retell the story. I suggest laminating them all for stability before using them.