The Mitten sequencing activity is a fun and easy extension activity for a well-loved winter book. Be sure to add it to your collection of winter activities for preschoolers and kindergarten kids.
Students retell the story of The Mitten by Jan Brett using the free printable character cards and template. The kids practice multiple early math, literacy, and fine motor skills with The Mitten printable. All in an engaging, hands-on way.
You can use the printable mitten sequencing cards in a variety of ways. And it’s super easy to make adjustments to the activity based on the ages and needs of your students.
Be sure to scroll to the bottom of this post to get your own copy of the free printable The Mitten sequencing activity.
Follow along for some tips and tricks on how to make the most out of this free printable. It can be used in a variety of ways. And it certainly doesn’t hurt that it’s so low prep!
The Mitten Sequencing Activity
I love creating resources that go hand-in-hand with a particular book, allowing children to really engage with the story. And Jan Brett’s The Mitten is definitely on my list of must-read books for preschool.
The Mitten sequencing activity is a great way to round out story time while letting the children immerse themselves in the book.
How to Prep the Mitten Sequencing Printable
Start off by gathering your supplies! Here’s what you’ll need for this sequencing activity (I may get commissions for purchases made through links in this post):
This list is super short, which is a win for us teachers. But there are a few things you can add if you want to change up the activity:
Now that you’ve got all the materials lined up, it’s time to get started prepping. And you’re in luck, because The Mitten sequencing activity is super low prep.
Scroll down to the bottom of this post and get your copy of the free printable. Then print out the appropriate amount of copies. Laminate and add hook-and-loop fastener dots or magnets as desired.
And that’s it; the free printable sequencing activity is ready to use!
How to Use The Mitten Sequencing Activity Sheet
Now it’s time for the best part. Let the kids try them out! Start by reading the story, The Mitten by Jan Brett, with your students. Make sure to let them ask questions and look at pictures throughout so that they stay engaged in the story.
Now it’s time for students to retell the story using the sequencing printable. You know your students best, so just use your best judgment to decide if you will do the activity with the whole class or in small groups.
To begin, pass out a glue stick, a numbered template and either a set of the precut animal cards or the sheet of animal cards to each student. If you choose to let students do the cutting, instruct them to carefully cut out the animal cards. Provide adaptive scissors for students who are still getting the hang of cutting.
Next, have students put the animal cards in the same order that they entered the mitten in the story. If they need help remembering the succession of animals that find shelter in the mitten’s warmth, they can thumb through the story again. You might even need to retell the story a few times. Once they’re in order, students can glue them on the corresponding number on the template.
Now that students have completed The Mitten sequencing activity, they can retell the story. You can let students retell the story independently, in small groups, or by having them take turns, building on what previous students have said.
Other Ways to Use The Mitten Animal Sequencing Cards
If you’re a regular reader of Fun-A-Day, then you may already know that I’m not the biggest fan of worksheets in preschool. But hands-on printables, like this, are another story. They are versatile and offer a variety of hands-on learning experiences.
Here are a few other ways to learn and play with this free printable:
- Cut and laminate the animal cards and place a magnet on the back of each. Then place them on the whiteboard as you read the story to the class. Try passing a card out to each student and have them come up and place them on the board when their animal is mentioned.
- Laminate one set of cards and one template. Place adhesive hook-and-loop fastener dots on the back of the cards and on each numbered square on the template. Students can use this over and over in your literacy center!
- Create a The Mitten sensory bin. Start by laminating the animal cards. Then learn how to make fake snow with flour and create a sensory bin. Pair the snow sensory bin with the animal cards, an actual mitten, and matching animal toys. Have students dig through the snow, searching for the animals and placing them into the mitten based on the order in the book.
- Pair the sequencing activity with a snow writing tray. Using the cards as a model, students will write the animal names in the tray with their fingers.
These activities cover so many preschool concepts: sequencing, left to right directionality, literacy, fine motor skills, just to name a few. So, The Mitten sequencing activity is low prep, versatile, and full of opportunities for learning? That’s a win in my book!
The Mitten Sequence of Animals
I highly recommend having a copy (or two!) of the book to reference during The Mitten sequencing activity.
If you don’t have it on-hand right now, here’s the sequence the animals enter the mitten in the story:
There are picture cards with each animal and its name written out in the printable. I know the kids will enjoy inspecting each animal card and putting them in order. Expand even more on the story and sequencing activity with some of the fun projects listed above.
How do you plan on using The Mitten sequencing activity? Be sure to let us know in the comments below. Don’t forget to scroll to the bottom of this post to get your own (free!) copy of the printable.
More The Mitten Activities
The Mitten is such a great book! And there are so many great activity ideas out there to pair with the whimsical story. Here are a few of my favorites:
I think those ideas pair well with The Mitten sequencing activity, what about you?
The Mitten Lesson Plans
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Free Printable The Mitten Sequencing Activity
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