Thursday, November 29, 2012

Winter Bears

During the Winter Bear Theme Unit we talk about the BIG word: Hibernate.
Grizzly bears hibernate, or sleep all winter.

Build A Den
Provide blankets and pillows and have the children construct a bear den.  
I used a 'parachute' to drape over the kids.  
We shook the parachute to pretend it was the cold winter wind. 
Then we shrunk down to pretend we were fast asleep.  

Old Bear by Kevin Henkes
Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What do you See? by Eric Carle

Sleepy Bear
tune Fere Jacques
Are you sleeping, are you sleeping
Grizzly bears, grizzly bears?
Tell us when you wake up.
Tell us when you wake up.
When it's Spring!
When it's Spring!

It's Winter for Mr. Bear
tune: The Bear went over the mountain
The bear is eating some berries
The bear is eating some berries
The bear is eating some berries
It's Winter for Mr. Bear.

Munching on grass.
Catching some fish.
Digging a Den.
Going to sleep.

Bear Mobile
With this craft we talked about the foods bears eat.
You can also add berries and grass to the mobile.

Christmas Bear

Other Crafts:


Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Hibernating Bear

This simple and fun hibernating bear craft for preschool and kindergarten children is the perfect craft activity to make for a bear-theme, animal homes-theme or winter theme unit. 
Old Bear by Kevin Henkes and Bear Snores On by Karma Wilson are adorable books to read to children about a hibernating bear.

Craft supplies you will need:
  • Blue and brown construction paper
  • Paper plate
  • Googly eyes
  • Brown marker
  • Cotton balls
  • Glue
Craft instructions:
Have the children cut out a square shape from brown construction paper.
Next, have the children glue the brown square in the middle of the blue construction paper.  This will be the Bear.
Using scissors, have the children cut a paper plate in half.
Then, have the children cut out a small half-circle shape from the paper plate.  This will be the entrance to the Bear’s cave.
When ready, have the children apply glue to the paper plate and press it down over the Bear (brown construction paper).
After that, have the children glue the googly eyes on their Bear.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Getting Ready for Thanksgiving [part three]

Pilgrims and Indians

The Littlest Pilgrim
This book is about a little pilgrim girl, Mini who wants to help but everyone tells her she is too little.  Until Mini meets a friend. She isn't too small to make a friend.


We talked about things that were the same and different about Pilgrims and Indians.
I braided yarn to use as a belt around the Indian girl.
I cut out the clothing from a coloring sheet for the children to glue onto their Pilgrims and Indians.
Letter I
This is a simple was to introduce Upper and Lower Case Letters.

Thanksgiving Friends
5 Pilgrims fishing in the morn (pretend to fish)
5 Indians help them plant corn (pretend to put a seed in the ground)
The Indians bring the corn (hold up right hand)
The Pilgrims bring the meat (hold up left hand)
Ten new friends sit down to eat (join hands together).

Have a Happy Thanksgiving!

Monday, November 12, 2012

Getting Ready for Thanksgiving [part two]

For this turkey craft we painted 1/2 of a coffee filter with orange, red and yellow. After it dries glue on a turkey cut out with wiggle eyes. 


Tune: Frere Jaques
We eat turkey,
We eat turkey,
Yum, Yum, Yum
Yum, Yum, Yum
Always on Thanksgiving
Always on Thanksgiving
Yum, Yum, Yum
Yum, Yum, Yum

Tune: Bingo
Thanksgiving day will soon be here,
I'm ready for some turkey
T U R - K E Y, T U R - K E Y, T U R - K E Y *(clap with each letter)
I'm ready for some turkey.

Tune: I'm a little Teapot
I am Mr. Turkey, big and fat.
On my tail are feathers; what d'ya think of that?
When I walk I wobble - wobble, wobble, wobble.
And when I talk I gobble - gobble, gobble, gobble.