When the children bring their
bears help the children trace around them onto
a large piece of paper. The children then color them to look like their
teddies and to the side of these drawings write these sentences:
My bears's name is ________.
______ is ________inches long. (together we use a ruler to measure teddy)
________came to live with me when_____________.
(the story of where bear came from)
__________ and I like to ______________.
(what the child likes to do with teddy)
The children can fill in the lines with my help or fill in the lines for them.
The sentences can
be changed to any topic that might capture the interest of the children.
(Once we changed
the sentences to describe what teddy and the child liked to eat at our
teddy bear picnic.)
The children couldn't wait to show their parents their teddy bear poster!
Sponsor a Bear Day! Invite each child to
bring a favorite stuffed bear, animal, or doll. Plan
to have a "Bear
Picnic." Go outside and enjoy the sun or, on a cold day, hold the
inside. Help the children make bear shaped invitations to take home
to their teddy bears.
Plan a "Bear Menu" - honey and peanut
butter sandwiches, berries, carrot sticks, Berry
Kool-Aid, and bear shaped
cookies. Help the children make a "Welcome Bears" sign
in the classroom as well. Invite the children to sit on blankets at the
Approx. four bears (this amount depends on the number of children you
scraps of paper, marker, basket, baggie, with four story books that relates to
teddy bears, little notebooks, pencils, letter to parents explaining
(reading storybook to the teddy bear and their child, write down
the adventure the teddybear had while visiting their home)
Gather the children together in a circle and introduce them to the bears.
Explain to them
that they are sad because they don't have a name and were wondering if we
name them. Ask the children to think of a name or names they like. Once
had a chance to choose a name, we will place all the names in a basket and
four names out and name each bear. Accept all names and write them on the
paper. Place all the paper in the basket, mix them up. Choose four
children to one at a time,
take a scrap paper from the basket. As they draw out the names, name each
(write the name on their tags). Once the bears have been named,
explain to the children
that the bears would like to take turns playing at each child's home and
that each day
a bear will go home with one child. Write the children's names down on
place them into the basket and have four different children draw one name
out at a time.
Allow each child whose name was chosen to put their teddy bear, and baggie which
has a storybook, notebook, pencil and parent letter into their cubbies to take
Next day during circle time, invite each child who took a teddy bear home to
their adventure with the children. Draw names again and repeat until the
children tire of
taking teddy bears home or until all the children have had the opportunity
to take a bear home.
NOTE: This is a fun activity for the children as it teaches
them to take turns, share, being
responsible for the teddy bear, great language
skills and a fun activity that
involves their families. The stories that come back are wonderful!!!!
Duplicate patterns of a nut, leaf, acorns,
berries, apples, fish, and honey.
Discuss the fact that bears hibernate
during winter. When a bear is ready
to hibernate, it will look for a
snug place to sleep. Give children bear food
patterns. The children
can place their patterns in small paper bags. Have the
children form a
circle on the rug and empty their bear food bags in the center
circle. Encourage them to observe the variety of foods a bear can
Have the children gather their patterns up again and take the bear
food home to remind them of the habits of autumn bears.
A Special Teddy Bear
Here's a warm and fuzzy way to display your
helper's name each day. For each child,
personalize a construction paper
heart cutout and punch a hole in each cutout.
Every morning, select one
child to be the helper of the day. Then thread the
onto a length of yarn. Tie the yarn around a teddy bear's
neck and display
this fuzzy friend in the classroom on a shelf.
Your little ones will be
anxious to see who the helper is each day.
Bear Facts to Discuss with Children
Bears eat as much as they can in autumn to
prepare for winter.
Bears can gain one pound a day in autumn.
Extra layers of fat help the bears stay warm in the winter.
Three Bears Day
You will enjoy
emphasizing big, bigger and biggest using the story
The Three Bear. The story lends itself well to creative drama
Supplies You Will Need:
Brown Pain,Oranges,lemons, and marshmallows for Arrival;
Props for action out the story for Activity 1;
Play dough, bowls and cornmeal for Activity 2;
Materials for bulletin board for Activity 3; and
Puppets, shoebox, bear and lollipops for Closing.
As your children arrive for the day ask them to paint 3 bears using a
orange, a lemon,
and a marshmallow. Cut the oranges and lemons in 1/2. Let the children use
and brown paint to print circles making bears in 3 sizes, 2 circles,
one above the other
and made with the orange, will be Father Bear. 2 circles, one above the
other and made
with the lemon, will be Mother Bear. And 2 circles, one above the
other and made with the marshmallow, will be Baby Bear.
Read the story (The Three Bears, by Paul Galdone). While reading, draw the
attention to the details of the bears' dress, such as
hats, aprons, pants, etc....
Discuss the sizes of the bears in the story and the sizes of the bears the
painted upon arriving today. Use the words Big,Bigger and Biggest
throughout the day.
Ask the children if they think the evens of the story really could have
Should they go into someone's house if no one is at home?
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