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Do your kids love Jan Brett books? If so, they’re going to love this The Mitten story printable and hands-on activity! Perfect for winter preschool activities!
I love Jan Brett’s storytelling style, 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.
The Mitten, along with many other Jan Brett stories are perfect for your winter preschool activities. Check out the activities below, and then pick up some of her other stories from the library. You won’t be disappointed!
Nothing is more fun than bringing a book to life with hands-on activities. So, I’ve created a preschool printable for The Mitten.
This short printable pack is the perfect addition to your winter preschool printables collection.
The Mitten Story Printable
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 pom poms and construction paper to 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.
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.
If you want to extend the activity, you could also provide plastic animal figures and a real mitten that your child can use to retell the story.
More Winter Jan Brett Stories
Fill your book basket with more of Jan Brett’s winter stories. Most of these books can be found at your local library or used bookstore.
If you have a hard time finding them, you can order them through my Amazon affiliate links by clicking the images below.
Snowy Nap – When winter comes, Hedgie tries to stay awake so he doesn’t miss out on all the fun his friends are having.
The Hat – When Lisa’s woolen stocking flies off the clothesline, Hedgie finds it and pokes his nose in. He tries to pull it out, but the stocking gets stuck on his prickles — and the fun begins.
The Three Snow Bears – What happens when a little girl falls asleep in the polar bears’ igloo? Find out in this beautifully illustrated retelling of the Goldilocks tale.
The Mitten Printable
After your preschoolers complete the sorting activity above, print out this set of The Mitten story printables.
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.
You could also place small magnets on the back of the cutouts and use these figures on your fridge or a cookie sheet.
More fun for “the mitten”
Pull out this felt board activity based on Jan Brett’s The Mitten. It’s a great addition to your classroom. It helps promote language, and it’s great use for large and small group times. Children love this story when putting each of the animals on top of the mitten, pretending they have gone inside.
These felted storybook characters go along with Jan Brett’s version of the Ukrainian folktale, The Mitten. Each piece is handcrafted: cut out from felt, sewn by hand, and stuffed with cotton. All eight animals fit inside the large white mitten. Kids will love retelling the story, “The Mitten,” by using these pieces!
Children will love using these felt animals and mitten to retell the story over and over. These are perfect for your felt boards or flannel boards.
I love these Montessori-inspired mitten printables and activities that go perfectly with this story.