Hands-On Mitten Activities for Preschool Aged Kids

Uppercase and lowercase letter matching

This week we have been having fun with Mittens. We played a few games and learned that there are many ways to have fun when playing with mittens. I want to share some of the activities that we did that my girls enjoyed.

You won’t need many materials to make these activities happen and the setup for this is easy and fun if you involve the children in the process. I found that letting them help also allowed them to come up with their own fun activities to do as well which extends the learning and lets them flex their teaching muscles.


  • Colored paper
  • White paper
  • Scissors
  • Pencil
  • Markers or colored pencils


  1. Take a little person’s hand and trace around it. Don’t do the fingers individually, remember you are making a mitten)
  2. Cut the mittens out

Mitten Color Matching


Matching pairs of mittens by color


  1. Mix up the colors and lay the mittens out.
  2. Have the child match the color pair of mittens

Lowercase and Uppercase Mitten Match

Upper and lowercase letter matching


  1. Lay either the lowercase or uppercase mittens out
  2. Have the child match the upper or lowercase mitten to its partner

Measuring with Mittens

You need a clear space for this activity. We measured in increments of four.

Measuring the distance from point A to point B with mittens


  1. Have the child place one mitten down for their beginning
  2. Take four steps and place another mitten down. Repeat until they reach their end point.
  3. Once finished counting how many mittens it took to get their destination.

Anther thing we did was count out how many steps we took in all and each time we came to a mitten we picked it up. Record your findings on a piece of paper and now you know how many steps is needed to get from one point to another.

Try this with different children and see how much the results differ and figure out why. (The youngest took more steps due to having smaller feet and leg span.


3 hands on mitten activities for preschool aged children



This week we didn’t really watch videos containing mittens. We focused on more letters and lots of measuring. Here are a few that I found on Youtube that deals with mittens. My daughters favorite one is the one with counting the mittens.



A Few Good Reads

Here are a few books that we enjoy that talk about Mittens. Of course, in my list is the classic Three Little Kittens but one of my favorites is Missing Mittens, it’s a counting book and if your child likes counting then this book is for them. You can find these and more in my Amazon Store under Books we recommend.

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Looking for more Mitten Activities?

Check out the Early Childhood Education team. Here you can find lots of mitten activities. You can also share your Mitten Activites on Social media by following the #TeachECE hashtag on Twitter


Mystery Mitten Letter Sound Game by Growing Book by Book
Mitten Letter Matching on a Clothesline by Mom Inspired Life
Mystery Mitten Tactile Counting Game for Preschool! by The Preschool Toolbox Blog
Pass the Mitten Storytelling Game by Capri + 3
Mitten Matching Activities for Preschool by Life Over C’s
3 Hands-On Mitten Activities for Preschoolers by Tiny Tots Adventures
Number Bonds 0-10 by Rainy Day Mumm
The Mitten Experiment by Powerful Mothering
Mitten Sight Word Games by The Educators’ Spin On It

  Follow The Educators’ Spin On It’s board Playful Preschool on Pinterest.

12 Responses to Hands-On Mitten Activities for Preschool Aged Kids

  1. Cerys says:

    Fun activities we’re going to give the Upper and Lower Case Letter activity a go this week.
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  2. Amanda says:

    I love the idea of using mittens to mark measurement. Will try it today with my preschooler

  3. Theresa says:

    Mittens are a fun measuring tool. Love it. Off to pin this now.
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  4. I really like that these mitten activities are super easy to set up. All the stuff needed most people already have available to them!
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  5. Nicolette says:

    super cute ideas! I just love easy to do activities

  6. what a great idea, fun and educational #toddlerapprovedtuesday

  7. Suz says:

    What a brilliant idea!! He looks to be having so much fun learning! Great read! Suz x Beauisblue.com
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  8. Tina says:

    I love these educational ideas using mittens! Thanks for sharing on Toddler Fun Friday

  9. becky says:

    Some really fun activities to try out, thanks so much for linking up to #ToddlerApprovedTuesday
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  10. Jae says:

    Featured this post in our Learn & Play Link Up this week. Thank you for sharing with us these fantastic activities and hope to link with us again.
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  11. Measuring distance with mittens! I LOVE IT! What a great idea!! We are going to have to try that!!

    Thanks for sharing with Everything Kids Link & Pin Party! Hope that you share more great ideas with us again on Sunday night!

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