Friday, December 10, 2010

December 12-18: Bears

Book Suggestions:
Brown Bear, Brown Bear by Bill Martin Jr. and Eric Carle
Bear Snores On by Karma Wilson
We're Going On A Bear Hunt by Helen Oxenbury
Any Berenstain Bear books by Jan and Mike Berenstain
Any Jesse Bear books by Nancy White Carlstrom
Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What do you Hear? by Bill Martin Jr. and Eric Carle
Old Bear by Kevin Henkes
The Big Hungry Bear by Audrey Wood
Little Bear by Else Holmelund Minarik
Three Snow Bears by Jan Brett

Activities:

Soft and Furry:
Materials: A teddy bear (or pictures of a bear for your child to see or feel it's soft fur), several objects that are soft and several objects that are not soft.
Description: Show your child a teddy bear (or picture of a bear). Encourage your little one to touch the teddy bear and feel it's soft fur. Help your child recognize soft and furry objects. Put several soft objects (cotton ball, felt, blanket, feather, stuffed animal toy, etc) and several hard objects (book, plastic toys, cardboard box etc) into a container. Have your child reach into the container and pull one object out at a time. Let your child feel the object and tell you if it is hard or soft.

Act Like a Bear:
Description: Talk with your child about how bears walk on all fours, how they growl, and what they eat. Pretend like you and your child are bears and crawl around your house. Encourage your little one to growl like a bear.

Hibernate:
Description: Before nap time, talk about how bears hibernate. You could even read a book about bears hibernating to your toddler. Your toddler can pretend like they are a bear going into hibernation as they go take their nap (or go to sleep for the night).

Brown Bear, Brown Bear:
Materials: construction paper, Brown Bear, Brown bear (book by Eric Carle)
Description: Before reading the book Brown Bear, Brown Bear to you child. Draw and cut (from construction paper) the animals in the book. Read the story once to you child. Place the construction paper animals in front of your child and read the book again. As you read each page, have your child find that animal. Talk about their colors as you go along also.

Sorting Gummy Bears:
Materials: gummy bears, paper plates
Description: You and your child can sort gummy bears together. Give your child a handful of gummy bears and they can sort them according to their color. Put all gummy bears of one color on each paper plate.

Count Teddy Grahams:
Description: You and your toddler can have fun counting and eating Teddy Grahams.

Teddy Bear Picnic:
Materials: Picnic Basket, snacks of your choice, Bear Books
Description: Sing the song "Teddy Bear Picnic" with your child several times so that they can become familar with it. Once your child recognizes the song, tell them that you will take them on a teddy bear picnic. Get your child involved by allowing them to help make snacks and pack the picnic basket. (honey flavored snacks, teddy grahams, gummy bears, berries etc. all go along with our bear theme) Spread out a picnic blanket outside and have a Teddy Bear picnic with your child. You can read some bear books to them while you are on your picnic. They could also color bear pictures. You child can bring along their teddy bear also.
You can find the lyrics and listen to Teddy Bear Picnic here.

Three Bears:
Materials: The Three Bears (the book), oatmeal, honey
Description: Read the book The Three Bears to your child. Have your child help you make porridge. They can stir oatmeal and water together. Cook the oatmeal (according to packaging directions). Your toddler can add honey for taste. Talk with your child about whether their porridge is hot or cold or just right.

Build A Cave:
Materials: blankets, teddy bears, chairs
Description: Talk with your child about bears living in caves. Let your child tell you what they know about a cave. Get creative, with your toddler, and build a cave out of blankets and chairs. Bring some of their teddy bears into the cave. You little one will have fun pretending to be a bear living in a cave.


Songs and Fingerplays:

Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear:
Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear, turn around.
Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear, touch the ground.
Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear, show your shoe.
Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear, that will do.
Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear, run upstairs.
Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear, say your prayers.
Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear, turn off the light.
Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear, say goodnight.

Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear (with motions)
Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear, Pat your head.
Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear, point to red.
Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear, Slap your knee.
Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear, count to three. (1, 2, 3)
Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear, Touch your shoe.
Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear, point to blue.
Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear, touch your chin.
Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear, count to ten (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10).
Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear, give a wink.
Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear, point to pink.
Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear, point to the door.
Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear, count to four (1, 2, 3, 4).
Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear, turn around.
Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear, point to brown.
Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear, don't be late. (tap a pretend watch)
Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear, count to 8 (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8).

Three Brown Bears
(sung to the tune of Three Blind Mice)
Three brown Bear, Three brown bears,
They live in a cave, They live in a cave.
They hibernate all winter long.

They eat lots of berries to stay strong.
Three brown bears are hairy and large.
Three brown bears.

Online Fun:

Bernenstain Bears
Visit the Bernenstain Bears website for lots of activities, books, and fun.

The Three Snow Bears
On her website, author, Jan Brett provides coloring pages to go along with most of her stories. Check out the coloring pages for The Three Snow Bears:
Polar Bear
Father Bear
Mother Bear
Baby Bear

Bear Facts:
Check out National Geographic Kids to learn about different types of bears and to see pictures.

Sesame Street:

Watch these videos about bears at Sesame Street online.

The Three Bears:
Listen to the story The Three Bears online.

Recipes:

Bear Snacks:
Ingredients:
rice cakes
peanut butter
M&Ms
Pretzel twists
Make yummy snacks that look like bears by spreading peanut butter (watch for allergies) on the rice cake. Put the pretzel twists on the top of the rice cake for ears. Use M&Ms for the eyes, nose and mouth.

Bear Claws:
Ingredients:
1 1/2 biscuits per child
cinnamon sugar
Pat one biscuit out. Divide the second biscuit into three parts. Roll each part into a ball and press each ball into the first biscuit to make claws. Sprinkle with cinnamon sugar and bake.


Paw Prints:
Ingredients:
cupcake mix and ingredients according to box
vanialla frosting (for polar bear) or chocolate frosting (for a brown bear)
coconut
Junior mints
mint patty
Bake cupcakes according to packaging directions. Mix frosting (of your choice) with coconut. (This makes the icing look more like fur). Place on mint patty on the frosted cupcake and place three junior mints around the patty as claws. These cupcakes resemble bears paws.

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