Children use the brushes to
“paint” a shape of a bear (or just circles if they can!). They then brush more glue within those
shapes. They use scissors to cut pieces
of faux fur to press onto their bear (some of our older children actually cut
the fur OFF the backing and sprinkled it all over the glue!).
Materials Needed: wildlife magazines, toy magazines, scissors, glue, paper
The children find pictures of different types of bears in the magazines and cut them out.
They glue them onto the paper to make a bear collage.
Discuss the types of bears they find (grizzly, polar, teddy, etc.).
Circle Time is such a great time for children to learn the social skills of being together as a large group AND to learn more about your theme!
Goldilocks and The Three Bears
Read your favorite version of this story. Assign children to be Papa Bear, Mama Bear, Baby Bear and Goldilocks. Reread the story having the children act it out. Read it several times to give each child a turn to act and encourage the other children to be the audience and applaud.
EXTENSION: Have masks for each part available for the children.
VARIATION: Have felt board pieces available for the children. Include the bowls, chairs and beds and have each child place their piece on the board as you read the story.
Bears Are Walking!
Sung to The Ants are Marching One by One
The bears are walking through the woods
The bears are walking through the woods
To eat. and play.
They catch some fish. They eat them, too.
They munch on berries, quite a few!
Then they run around and climb
Up a tree!
There goes one!
There goes two!
Teddy Bear Compare
In advance, send a note home for teddy bear day! (Be sure to have extra for those who either do not have a one or forget theirs).
Have the children bring their bear to circle.
Have some discussions about them!
Give each child a minute to tell their friends something about their bear (great chance to teach the others about patience and waiting their turn!)
Set up three bins (laundry baskets or simply pieces of paper) and ask kids to sort their bears. "If you think your bear is large, place it here". etc.
Place all the brown bears here. Blue bears here. (Some children may have multi-colored bears. Let them decide which color pile they want to put it in).
Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear
This is a traditional song to sing while the children pretend to be bears or to do WITH their bears!
Theme Activities to Help Your Preschoolers Develop Their Math Skills--
and develop the small muscles in their hands!
In advance, cover some shapes with faux fur. Hole punch.
Have the children lace these shapes for a great sensory/texture change in lacing!
The reading of the book Corduroy just screams button sorting! Provide a variety of colors, types and sizes of buttons and let the children explore them and sort in the different ways they can think of.
Of course, add some suggestions of how to sort them.
Thank you Angie M. for this awesome activity idea!
In my preschool class we write a group letter to the 3 Bears. In the letter we introduce ourselves and ask them different questions about their lives. I let the children decide the questions to ask. Then the next day I have the director come in with a letter that just came in the mail for our classroom. This letter is a response from The Bears. They answer our question and tell us they have set up a little game for us. It is a scavenger hunt around the school with The Bears favorite snack in the end (porridge and honey or honey comb cereal) The children love this 2 day activity
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