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Preschool Mitten Rhymes and Learning Activities

written by: Tracey Bleakley • edited by: Laurie Patsalides • updated: 2/14/2012

These preschool mitten rhymes are a great addition to a unit about winter. Use these rhymes and poems as part of your circle time or add them to a language arts lesson.

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    Preschool Mitten Rhymes

    Here are couple of traditional mitten rhymes and one that I made up to sing and read with preschool children.

    Warm Mittens

    I wiggle my left hand,

    I wiggle my right,

    inside of my mittens,

    so warm and so tight.

    I wiggle my pinkie.

    I wiggle my thumb,

    so when I make snowballs,

    my hands don't get numb.

    -Author Unknown

    MittensMitten 

    Mittens are warm,

    Mittens are grand,

    Mittens are like shoes for my hands

    -Author unknown

    Put Your Mittens on Your Hands

    (Sing to the tune of "Do You Know the Muffin Man?")

    Put your mittens on your hands, on your hands, on your hands.

    Put your mittens on your hands.

    They'll keep your fingers warm.

    -Tracey Bleakley

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    Mitten Learning Activities

    Here are few fun preschool activities to go with mitten rhymes and poems:

    • Use Warm Mittens as a finger play during circle time. Have the children wiggle their left hands and then right hands and then hold them together like they are keeping them warm. For the second verse they can wiggle their pinkies and then thumbs and then pretend to make a snowball.

    • Make a class shared reading chart. Write "Mittens are _____________." on a piece of chart paper. Let each child complete the sentence with a word: soft, red, cozy, etc. Then on your chart write each child's sentence. You can extend this activity by cutting the sentences apart and giving each child his sentence to glue onto a piece of large paper and illustrate. Combine all of the finished pages into a mitten big book that your preschool students will love to read.

    • Introduce your preschoolers to comparing using a Venn diagram. Draw a two circle Venn diagram on a piece of chart paper, label one circle "Gloves" and the other "Mittens." Work together to list the ways that mittens and gloves are the same and different. You can also divide the paper into two columns and label one "Same" and the other "Different" and make a chart that way.

    • For a math activity ask children whether they prefer mittens or gloves and then make a picture graph of the results. This is a great follow-up to the comparing activity.

    • Make a list of activities that would be best to do while wearing gloves, mittens or either.

    • Add verses to the song about putting on mittens using other types of winter clothing. "Put a hat on your head," or "Tie a scarf around your neck."

    • Give each child a large mitten shape to decorate. Provide markers, crayons, buttons and ribbon and yarn scraps for the children to use. Make a cute display by hanging a string of clothesline across a bulletin board and hanging the mittens on the clothesline with clothespins.

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    Mitten Books

    Don't forget to pair up your mitten poems and activities with some fun books about mittens too.

    • The Mitten Tree by Candace Christiansen
    • A Mountain of Mittens by Lynn Plourde
    • Missing Mittens by Stuart J Murphy
    • The Mitten by Jan Brett

    These fun preschool mitten rhymes and the activities that go with them will leave young children feeling warm and cozy on a cold, winter day.

    Photo: RF from dreamstime

All About Winter: Ideas for Preschool Students

Here is everything you need for a preschool winter theme. You'll find ideas for winter crafts, centers and literacy activities.
  1. Winter Theme For the Learning Center at Your Preschool
  2. Making a Winter Book With Preschoolers
  3. Two Easy Winter Crafts For Your Preschool Class
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