This is one of my favorite themes. I picked this one because I feel in the need of a picnic and I seem to have an abundance of stuffed bears. You can spend a whole week on bears and Teddy Bears, but those can be difficult to put together and sometimes just to much bear. Sometimes we just need a day, of something different.
So, gather your Teddy Bears, or have your children bring one from home. Let’s start our picnic fun.
Start your day out by getting all your dramatic play stuff set out. You will need a table-cloth, picnic basket, cups, plates, napkins, play food, pretend pitcher, Teddy Bears and anything else you feel you need to take on a picnic. I like to set the stage, and do a little pretending myself, with the kids and the picnic play items. It is easy to think that all the children will know what a picnic is, but maybe not. Showing how to use and set the stage will eliminate the use of the props for other things not as appropriate.
Next, you can move right into a little circle time with the kids. Get started with this movement activity your child can do with his or her bear. Chant the following:
Teddy Bear, teddy bear, jump up and down.
Teddy Bear, teddy bear, turn all around.
Teddy Bear, teddy bear, touch the ground.
Teddy Bear, teddy bear, show me your shoe.
Teddy Bear, teddy bear you’d better skidoo.
or this one is also good
Busy Bear, Busy Bear, turn around,
Busy Bear, Busy Bear, jump up and down.
Busy Bear Busy Bear, walk to me,
Busy Bear, Busy Bear, bend your knees.
Busy Bear, Busy Bear, on your toes,
Busy Bear, Busy Bear, touch your nose.
Busy Bear, Busy Bear, hop around,
Busy Bear, Busy Bear, sit on the ground!
Letter recognition can also be done at this time. The letter B or T is great. Stop by Preschool Express, for your ABC Letter Reproducible.
Bunch of Bear Activities
Gummy bear math, ask the children to hypothesize which color gummy bear there is the most of in a package. Sort as a class and record on a chart. Gummy bears can also be a great patterning tool. Start a pattern let the children finish it.
We’re Going on a Bear Hunt: Anniversary Edition of a Modern Classic Teddy bear hunt, hide the teddy bears all over the room. Then read going on a Bear Hunt. Now it’s time to go on that hunt. Be sure to remember some of the actions as you search with the children for their teddy bears.
Coffee Bears make a great art project. Add coffee grounds to brown paint. Make or use a bear pattern. Here is an easy one to copy. Have children paint. Makes great brown bears. Be sure to add the googly eyes.