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Teddy BearWelcome Bulletin Board
Robin A. helps each child in her Teddy Bear class feel welcome with this bulletin board.

Materials: Bulletin board, white paint, sponge, construction paper, border, 
marker, camera (Polaroid I-zone with sticker film works great).

Description: My class is called the teddy bear class but you can adjust this
bulletin board idea to fit the name or theme of your classroom. 

I cover the bulletin board with light blue paper and put a sunny yellow border 
around the edge. I then sponge on clouds with white paint.  I cut out a teddy 
bear shape for each child and our two teachers.  Using the Polaroid I-zone camera with sticker film, I take a picture of each child during our orientation (which is a 
week before school actually starts).   I trim the edges off the photographs
and peal the film off the back of each picture.  Stick the picture to the face 
area of the teddy bear.  With a dark marker I write each child's first name and their birthday on the tummy of their bear. Float the bears in the sky all over 
your bulletin board. 

Comments: This can be done at Christmas as well.  Each child has a picture on a
present under the tree, showing that children are our greatest gift.

Corduroy  School Tour
Familiarize students with school personnel during this prek and kindergarten lesson by Julie R.

Materials: Corduroy by Don Freeman and a teddy bear with green overalls.
Arrange visits with the secretary, counselor, librarian, principal, nurse, cafeteria 
workers etc.

Description: Tell children that you have a story about your bear and his adventure.
Introduce your bear and then begin reading Corduroy making sure you have your 
bear on your lap or where children can see it. I time my reading right before my 
morning PE class and stop where Corduroy jumps off the shelf and goes up the 
When the students leave the class I take my bear to the nurse's office.  When the students return to class I point out that Corduroy is missing (if a student has not already noticed).  I tell them that we must look for him.  Then I take my students
on a tour to look for Corduroy and at the same time meet important people in our school and find out about their job.
We ask each important person if they have seen a brown bear with green overalls,  the secretary says no and directs us to the principal, etc.  We find the bear at the counselors office where she lets us know that just as she has helped Corduroy feel better when he got lost, she is here to help us at anytime. 

Teddy Bear Naptime Song Nap Time Song
Lori offers this song to help children calm down for nap time saying, "Do what the song says, but don't be rowdy with it. Sing this in a very soft tone".

Teddy bear, Teddy bear, Turn around
Teddy bear Teddy bear touch the ground, 
Teddy bear Teddy bear climb the stairs
Teddy bear Teddy bear say your prayers
Teddy bear Teddy bear turn off the light
Teddy bear Teddy bear Say goodnight!
Manners Bear Craft
Help reinforce the use of phrases associated with nice manners with this activity from Laura S.

Materials: Brown construction paper, pink construction paper, glue on wiggle eyes,  child safety scissors and glue.

Description: Teacher needs to prepare in advance: Phrases on pink circles (one  each per child):

Thank You
Excuse Me
May I
On a larger pink circle write  Manners Bear

To do:
Children (or teacher) cut out of brown construction paper the following;

  • Large circle for bear's body
  • Medium circle for bear's head
  • Four ovals for arms and legs.
Some school supply stores have pre-cut brown bear shapes!

The Manners Bear pink circle goes on the bear's tummy and the four phrases go on the tips of the arms and legs.  Eyes can be drawn on or glued on. 

This cute craft is used with a lesson plan for manners, school rules, or a study 
of bears / animals.  It is cute if the children bring their teddy bears to school 
with them, too!

Teddy Bear Names
Encourage children to recognize their names with this Teddy Bear Puzzle by Staci.

Materials: Construction paper teddy bear already cut into puzzle pieces for each child.

Description: In advance, teachers take the construction paper teddy bear and make a puzzle out of it by writing the child's name on it and cutting it into pieces. Depending on the age and ability of the children, cut the teddy bear into only a few pieces for younger children or more pieces for older youngsters. Children have to recall their name and put the puzzle back together. 
You should have a outline already made up for the children to help guide them with the puzzle.  This activity will help children recognize their names and the letters in their names.

Comments: You can use any kind of animal or any other pattern.

Teddy Bear Game
Jennifer B. offers this game saying, "The objective of this activity is for children to do rote counting, individually, by groups or in pairs. They experience a game with rules that requires turn taking and co-operation."

Materials: A large piece of paper (heavy kind), a dice or you can make one on own,
and Teddy Bear manipulatives

Description: The first thing I do is to prepare the game piece on the heavy paper. 
I choose where I  want the children to start from and where they will end.   Where they begin, I draw a cave with a bear standing in front of it.  At the end, I draw a 
tree with a honey hive and bees flying around it.  I draw a winding path all over the paper with bear prints, from the cave to the honey tree. After I draw the beginning, end, and path way, I draw some stuff all around.  I draw a river between paths, trees, bushes with berries, and a mountain side. You can be as creative as you like. 
I show the children how to play it once and let them explore it as they want during their center time. 

Comments: As you introduce this game teachers may want to watch or participate if it is the first time children are playing with this type of game.  It takes patience, for youngsters to have to wait their turn.  It is also best to laminate  or cover the game with clear contac before placing in a center/classroom area.

Safety: Teddy Bear Day
During her theme on Teddy Bears Cheri S. includes this lesson about bear safety.

Materials: Teddy bear, hand out on bear safety.

Description: We live in an area where there are a lot of bears so we discuss bear 
safety with the children.  Have them bring in a teddy bear for a teddy bear 
picnic outside. Sing and listen to "Teddy Bear Picnic". Discuss what to do if you see a bear. Information can be found on the internet.

  • Never feed the bear
  • Don't walk in the woods alone
  • Make a lot of noise and run to a safe spot i.e.. in the house, car etc.
  • When camping don't leave food in your tent
Storybook:     The Teddy Bears' Picnic 
                      by Jimmy Kennedy and illustrated by Alexandra Day 
There are more picture book suggestions in Preschool Books Listed by Theme

Teddy Bear ChefCooking:  Sand Cups
Youngsters use fine motor, sensory and math skills during this cooking activity that Traci R. uses as part of a beach / summer unit. 

Instant vanilla pudding
Vanilla wafers
Teddy grahams
Gummy bears and fish
Goldfish crackers
Mallets or rolling pins
Ziplock freezer bags
Small clear plastic cups

Description: If I have a small group I let the children assist me in making the pudding (measuring and pouring the milk and stirring).  Otherwise, I make the pudding ahead of time.  I give each child a ziplock bag and mallet or rolling pin.
I let them count 5 vanilla wafers and put them into the bag.  They then crush the cookies by rolling or hammering.
I give them each a cup ½ full of pudding.  Next, they sprinkle the crushed cookies on top (the sand).  I give each child an assortment of teddy grahams, goldfish, and gummy bears to decorate the beach scene.

Game: Teddy Walk the Plank
Promote counting, 1 to 1 correspondence and co-operation in pre-school and kindergarten with this turn taking game by Wendye H.

Materials: The Plank (see below), the teddy (or other marker), one large dice.
Whole class (2 teams) or pairs (later).

Description: Make a long game board that looks like a long ladder with about 21 rungs. This is the Plank.
Lay this plank on the floor. Place the teddy (or other marker) in the center spot.
Roll the dice.  Highest goes first. Children sit either side of the Plank.
Roll the dice and move the teddy in that direction the number shown on the
dice. Counting each space 1, 2, 3, 4, etc.

Next team rolls the dice, they turn the teddy (about face) and move the teddy the number shown on the dice again counting 1, 2, 3, 4, etc. Teams continue turning the teddy to go their way and moving etc. The game ends when the teddy walks off the plank.

Ideas for Teddy Bears  Ideas for Teddy Bears
Rachael R. suggests using these ideas during your Teddy Bear Theme.

Materials: Paint, pattern of a bear. Story book. 

Description: Read the story Goldilocks and the 3 Bears.

Teddy Bear Hokey PokeySing and dance the Bear Hokey Pokey.
Put your left paw in, Take your left paw out,
Put your left paw in and shake it all about,
You do the hokey pokey and  you turn yourself about.
That's what it's all about!
You put your right paw in, etc.
Make honey biscuits for snack. Make biscuits, put honey on top. 

Make a bear: Have a full body bear pattern. Ask the children to color or paint. 
You'll have to help the youngsters cut it out. Glue together, or use brads so that the parts will move.

Dramatic Play with Blocks: The Three Bears
Here is how Sue M. provides an opportunity for children to act out a story and think about building  while using blocks as models. Teachers can focus on size discrimination, hot/cold, soft/hard and manners during this dramatic storytelling activity.

Materials: Unit blocks,  pictures of the 3 bears and Goldilocks taped on to sequential corresponding blocks, 3 small, medium, and large bowls (all on the smallish size).

Description: The teacher tells the children that she is going to tell the story of
the three bears using the blocks. She shows them the three bears.  Then indicates that she needs to build the three bears house to tell the story. First she builds a large enough table for all three bowls.  Next, she speaks of needing a chair for baby bear and talks out loud about choosing the blocks that could make Baby Bear's chair.
Then she thinks aloud (talks) about mother bear's chair needing to be bigger than baby bear's chair in order to decide which blocks will work.  Finally, she thinks aloud about Papa's chair indicating it needs to be the biggest yet, bigger than momma bear's.
Then the teacher builds a square around this living room scene.  She continues in the same manner with the beds. When the scene is set, the teacher acts out the story using the bear blocks. This scene is left to be used during play time.  The children could act this story out for other children as well. 

Comments: The children were enthralled with the activity.  They watched as the 
teacher modeled her thinking and interjected ideas that could help the teacher. 
They also enjoyed using the props. With the youngest children, it worked better to have the scene set up and just tell the story. 

Toddler Fun
This "Not Just For Toddlers" movement activity by Lisa A. encourages youngsters to follow instructions

Materials: Teddy bears.

Description: Do bear exercises with the children.  Ask the children to stand 
behind their bears and help them do the following exercises:

Reach up high,
Reach down low,
Jump up and down,
Then touch your toes, 
Raise your arms
Way up high
Clap your hands
Now wave Good-bye!
Teddy waving

Sequencing with Goldilocks and The Three Bears
Encourage the recognition of size relationships, sequencing, language arts and dramatic play with these ideas from Teriann T.

Materials: Goldilocks and The Three Bears storybook, wallpaper books (or other 
colorful patterned paper), three sizes of circular objects for children to trace, 
(plastic plates, bowls and cups work best), scissors, glue and construction paper.

Description: We read and act out the story of Goldilocks and The Three Bears
emphasizing the relationship to baby bear (small), mama bear (medium) and papa 
bear (large). 

At the art center table, have wallpaper book pages available for the children to 
trace all three circle objects on, so that they end up with colorful small, 
medium and large circles to clue onto a bigger sheet of paper. If desired, and 
time willing, let them make a collage with several circles of all different sizes, not limiting them to just three!

Other options are having cardboard stencils cut out for them with the porridge 
bowls, chairs and beds in all three sizes as well. This could be an entire week of language arts!

Corduroy Teddy Bear Book  "A Button For Corduroy"
Promote color recognition, fine motor skills and language arts with these two preschool and kindergarten literacy activities by Julia N. Encourage parent involvement too!

1.  A printable picture of corduroy (missing one button of course)
2.  Crayons
3.  Buttons
4.  Glue
5.  Child Safety scissors (if you wish to have the children cut the bear out)

Description: After reading the book Corduroy by Don Freeman, a great center activity is to have the children color a picture of Corduroy.  Remember his over-alls are green and the bear himself is brown.  Cut out the bear if you choose to.  Then have the children glue a button on where his button is missing.

Another great extension is to send the bear home with the children along with a copy of the book Corduroy for the family to enjoy together. They then keep the bear at home and return the book for the next child to take home.  Don't forget to have the parents write about what the family did with the bear and the book.

Comments: The children love that they have their very own Corduroy and it is very cost efficient for me as opposed to buying a stuffed bear that usually needs to be replaced after a few years. 

Sensory Touch Bear
Beth B. encourages youngsters to participate in the construction of this sensory bear that has different textures on his hands, feet, ears and tummy.

Materials: Construction paper, cotton balls, squares of fabric and sand paper.

Description: Teachers precut a "Brown Bear" which children glue onto a piece of paper. Then the children glue on tuffs of cotton to the Bear's ears and fabric squares to his hands. Next, glue the small squares of sand paper to his feet. With a smooth tummy you have the TOUCH BEAR. 

Sensory Coffee Bear
Encourage the recognition of size relationships and the exploration of the senses of touch and smell during this teddy bear activity by Bonnie.

Materials: Brown construction paper, child safety scissors (if children are doing the cutting), glue and ground coffee.

Description: Cut six small circles out of brown construction paper, two for the 
ears, two for the arms and two for the legs.  Cut two medium circles, one out of 
brown construction paper for the head and one out of white or cream colored 
construction paper for the tummy.  Cut one big circle for the body of the bear. 

Glue the two ears on the head, glue the head to the body, glue arms and legs to 
the body and the cream or white colored tummy onto the body.  Spread glue onto 
the white or cream colored tummy and cover with coffee grounds. Draw on the 

Comments: I used this craft with my Teddy Bear Theme.  It was a big hit and the parents loved the smell of coffee.  You can also use Cinnamon.

Teddy Bear Color Song Color Song
Sherry G. teaches Kindergarten children about colors and how to spell color words with this song. Improvise your own tune.

Materials: Chart paper and pre cut colored bears (red, green, blue, brown, purple,
yellow, orange and black bears).

Description: I put each color on a chart and display in the classroom.  I also make a 
smaller version into a book for the students. I write the color word in the color. 
I use bears but you can use whatever. I put one bear on the first chart, two 
bears on the second, etc. I put the bear pictures at the bottom of each color chart.

 The first in line is red
 He just got out of bed
 Spell the color r-e-d
 The first in line is red

 The second one is green
 He doesn't look so mean
 Spell it g-r-e-e-n
 The second one is green

 The third in line is blue
 Spell it b-l-u-e
 Blue is who I see
 Looking at me

 The fourth in line is brown
 He is sitting down
 Spell it b-r-o-w-n
 The fourth is sitting down

 Purple is the fifth in line
 Doesn't she look fine
 Purple is fifth in line

 Sixth in line is yellow
 He is a cute fellow
 Sixth is yellow

 Guess who I see
 Orange is seventh in line
 Let's shout with glee

 Black is last in line
 Doesn't he look fine
 Black is eighth in line

Teddy Graham Counting Song
This early childhood math readiness activity by Nancy B. focuses on recognizing and counting the numbers 1-10, recognizing the letter Bb and the color Brown.

Materials: Chocolate Teddy Graham cookies (5 or 10 per child), snack size baggies (zippered baggies works best), and the  storybook WHERE'S MY TEDDY?
by Jez Alborough. Optional: Prepare sheets of paper for each child with the numbers 1-10 written in a row.

Description: Give each child the numbered sheet of paper (if you feel it is age 
appropriate). Give each child a bag of teddy graham cookies (5 or 10 cookies per bag). With younger children you can just sing the song and take 1 cookie out of the 
bag as you go along (rather than using the numbered sheet of paper).

Explain to the children that the sheet of paper is the teddy bears' bed. We  place the teddy bears on the bed one at a time. I tell the children to find number 1 on their paper. I show them what number 1 looks like. They are then told to take 1 teddy bear out of the bag and put the teddy below number 1. We continue doing this until there are no more teddies LEFT in the bags. Then we count the 10 teddy bears that are on the paper. We now sing the song ROLL OVER. As children eat teddy cookies they are introduced (concrete) to subtraction.

There were 10 in the bed and the little one said,
"Roll over, roll over"
 So they all rolled over and one fell out
 (eat the cookie below number 10 and continue singing) 

There were 9 in the bed and the little one said, 
"Roll over, roll over."
(continue eating 1 more cookie as you go along ....until you get to..)
There was one in the bed and the little one said,
"Alone At Last!"
 (eat the last cookie! Yummy!)

Read the storybook WHERE'S MY TEDDY? by Jez Alborough. This as a cute story about a little boy and a BIG BROWN bear. They get their stuffed teddies mixed up!

Literacy:  "Let's Go On A Bear Hunt"
Youngsters practice listening skills, sequencing concepts and use of memory skills 
along with rhythmic coordination during this classic early childhood chanted story.

Description: Instruct children to listen and watch carefully so that they can echo each phrase and imitate the motions as they accompany the story.  Begin by patting your hands on your thighs to make a "footstep" sound and create a beat; chant each phrase rhythmically, pausing to allow the children to echo the the phrase.  Once you have found the bear, "run" back home by rapidly patting your thighs with your hands. Teacher chants each phrase and then children echo each phrase.

Lets go on a Bear Hunt (children echo and continue to do so)
We're going to find a Bear 
Open the door, squeak
Walk dow the walk
Open the gate, creak
Walk down the road
Coming to a wheat field
Can't go under it
Can't go over it
Have to walk through it
(Stop patting your thighs and rub you hands
together to make a swishing sound)

Got through the wheat field
Coming to a bridge
Can't go under it
Have to walk over it
(Stop patting your thighs and pound your fists on your chest)

Over the bridge
Coming to a tree
Can't to under it
Can't go over it
We'll have to climb it
(Stop  patting your thighs and place one fist on top of
the other in a climbing motion.)

All the way to the top
(Salute and look from one side to the other.)
Did you see a bear?
No (shaking head)
We'll have to climb down
(Place fist under fist to climb down.)

(Resume patting your thighs)
Coming to a river
We can't go under it
We can't fly over it
We'll have to cross it
Lets get in the boat
And row, row, row
(All sing "Row, Row, Row Your Boat:
accompanied with a rowing motion)

We got across the river
We're coming to a cave
We can't go under it
We can't go over it
We'll have to go in it
Let's tip-toe 
(Use fingertips to pat thighs.)

(Whisper) It's dark inside
It's very dark inside
I can see two eyes
And a big furry body

(Yelling) It's a BEAR...RUN

Patting your hands very quickly on your thighs, run back to the river, row the boat across the river, run to the tree, climb up and climb down, run to the bridge and cross it, run through the wheat field, run up the road, open the gate (it creaks), run up the walk, open the door (it squeaks), SLAM  IT!  (Clap hands together.)

Hide The Bears.
Children use fine motor skills to create paper teddy bears at the beginning of this activity by Sabrina.

Materials: Construction paper, scissors, crayons, etc.

Description: First you want to draw a bear on each of the construction papers - big 
enough so that children can hide them and also find them. Then have your children cut out the bears and decorate them any way they want. After they are done, collect the paper teddy bears and hide them. Ask the kids to close their eyes then hide the bears. When you are done hiding the bears, have the kids look for the bears that they made.

Handmade Bear Puppets 
Encourage youngsters to use their fine motor skills with this puppet making activity from Theresa T.

Materials: Glue, scissors, white paper bags, brown construction paper and brown 

Description: Provide each child with one brown lunch bag that has a face already 
drawn on it (older preschoolers can draw their own faces).  Teachers or older preschoolers, make and cut out ears and hands for the Teddy Bear so youngsters can glue them on and let the children color the bear. Very young children may need your assistance.

Teddy Bear Song
Dana B. suggests this variation on an old classic.

Materials: 5 paper cut outs of bears with the letters T-E-D-D-Y

Description: Sing to the tune of B-I-N-G-0  But change it to T-E-D-D-Y!
There was a boy (or girl) who had a bear and Teddy was his name-o, T-E-D-D-Y etc.

Literacy: Prepositions Bears
Use this game by Dana B. to help children learn prepositions.

Materials: Toys bears and a box (optional).

Description: Play a game of Simon Says.  Counter bears can be used or kids can 
bring their own teddy bears.  Have Simon tell the kids to put their bears in a box, beside them, behind them etc. 

Teddy Bear Book  Literacy:  Book-In-A-Box
Gloria S. creates literacy excitement with this early childhood education activity that encourages youngsters to recall and retell stories themselves.

Materials: Box with a lid, your favorite story book, props that go with the story. 
For example you can make flannel board pieces. Use what ever props that go with your story.

Description: This activity is exciting for young children.  My book-in-a-box is the story Jesse Bear What Will You Wear.  I decorated the outside of the box 
with pictures like those in the story.  Inside my box I put the flannel pieces for 
retelling the story, a pair of blue shorts, blue shirt, sandbox and shovel, bubbles, the book, Jesse Bear What Will you Wear, and a small teddy bear dressed like Jesse Bear. 
I introduce the box to the children by reading the story and telling the flannel story.  I show the children the items that are in the box.  The box is placed in the dramatic play area and the children may put on the clothes and pretend to be Jesse Bear, acting out the story.  It is best to have several boxes made up for the children to use.

Comments: When choosing a story, make sure it is one that is easy to use as a 
flannel board story.

Teddy waving Teddy Bear Visit
Cheryll B. promotes literacy and parent/child interaction with this early childhood activity.

Small stuffed bears (at least 10).  These can be purchased at rummage sales and Goodwill stores cheap.  Quart size baggies and small hand made blank books made from any paper materials

Put the books in the baggies and tie them on the backs of the bears so they look something like a back pack. Children are allowed to choose a bear to take home and write / dictate a story about the day they spend with the bear.
I include a note in each bag asking parents to let the child keep the bear with him / her all evening and return it the next day after drawing pictures or writing stories about their day. They return the bear and another child chooses the next day.

I usually let five children each day take a bear until everyone has had a turn. It works great. We share the books upon return.
Comments: This really adds to a unit on Teddy Bears.

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