Full teddy bear theme filled with activities to do with preschool children.
Songs, Fingerplays and Group Time Fun
Bringing In Teddy…
A week before your lesson plan send home a notice asking all the children to bring in a favorite teddy bear to school for Teddy Bear Day.
Healthy Bear Check Ups and Health Certificates…
The teacher becomes the BD (Bear doctor) and gives the children’s teddy bears health checkups. After the BD finishes the checkups the BD award a health certificate. Printable certificate here
Ask the children to sort the teddy bears by categories (size, color, those wearing bows, etc.) Then count the number in each category. Also, let the children come up with ideas for categories. Talk about more and less.
Creative Movement with Teddy Bears…
(do actions with the teddy bears to suit)
Pick your teddy bear up from the ground,
Then go dancing all around.
Hold him high and hold him low,
As round and round and round you go!
substitute other words/actions for the poem…
Hold him left and hold him right,
Hold him tight with all your might!…
Hold him close and hold him far,
Pretend that he can drive a car!….
Hold him in front and hold him in back,
sit down with him on your lap!…..
Make up more verses with help from the children.
Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear…
Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear turn around
Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear touch the ground
Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear tie your shoe
Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear that will do
Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear go upstairs
Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear say your prayers
Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear turn out the lights
Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear say goodnight.
Teddy Bear Poster…
When the children bring their bears I will help the children trace around them onto a large piece of paper. The children then color them to look like their teddies. Print out and cut out the pattern below. Glue it and use it as the teddies heart.
Print out the heart pattern here.
The children can fill in the lines with the teacher’s help or I will fill in the lines for them. The children couldn’t wait to show their parents their teddy bear poster!
Find instructions here.
Glue sandpaper to tag board and then cut out bear shapes. Give the children cinnamon sticks and let them rub the sticks on the sandpaper. The bears will smell like cinnamon!
Lacing Bear Shapes…
Cut brown posterboard into bear shapes and let them punch holes around the edges. Let the children choose pieces of colorful yarn (dip the yarn tips in glue and let dry or wrap with tape to keep them from fraying) … lace the
yarn through the holes.
Precut teddy bear from poster board. Have parents save used tea bags. Let children open the dried bags and shake the dried tea over the bear that has been covered with glue. I used a tub to lay the bear in first (said they needed to lie down in their bed) so they excess tea doesn’t get all over. When they dry they look like fuzzy bears. We stapled on bows as well. They looked really cute.
Looking for additional ideas? See my A Beary Merry Christmas day unit.
Give each child an assortment of Teddy Bear Grahams and grid paper to make graph (& then eat!)
Use a large blanket or table cloth to make a cave and pretend your bears.
Buy teddy bear stickers in 10 different colors. Mix them up in a box and put the box out on table with a grid which has 10 squares. Challenge the children to find 10 DIFFERENT colored teddy bears and stick 1 to each square of the grid. This activity involved color discrimination, counting, 1 to 1 correspondence, fine motor skills etc. etc.
Dressing Up Bears…
Gather numbers of clothing for teddy bears to place in the housecorner. Encourage the children to dress up their bears in assorted outfits.
Place brown playdough with bear cookie cutters on a table allow the children to use imagination.
Sensory Table Fun…
Place plastic bears in the sand and or water table.
Snack Time Fun
Cut bear shape from toast with a bear cookie cutter, spread
with butter and sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar mixture.
Gummy Bears Teddy Grahams Honeycomb cereal
Games And Outdoor Fun
Teddy Bear Freeze…
Put some jazzy musicon and encourage the children to make their bears dance the way the music makes them want to dance. When the music stops, yell, “FREEZE!!” When everybody has frozen, start the music again and encourage them to dance.
Hide N Seek Bears…
Before the children go outside, hide their bears all over the play yard. When all of the bears have been found, let the children who want to continue the game take turns hiding and finding the bears.