Brown Bear, Brown Bear was a fun way to start our bear week. I found these wonderful pictures on pinterest – check out the site to download them if you’d like! I put magnets on the back and had Nora and Max put them up on the board as we read the story. We reread it all week!
I reduced the pictures and printed them off in a strip. The kids cut them apart and helped put a small magnet on the back of each of their pictures.
Another fun idea from Pinterest – on the site they glued a strip of velcro along the length of a paint stir stick, I only had sew-on velcro so I used magnets instead.
I think I will be able to reuse this stick to retell other stories too! They loved having their own small version.
I copied these images onto cardstock and we played Memory. I colored mine but if you want the children to concentrate more on the shapes than just colors you could use them in black and white. Or it might be fun to ask the children to remember what color each animal was in the story.
Goldilocks and the 3 Bears!
I read a couple of versions of the 3 Bears story, and used these pictures to retell it on the magnet board. I taught the children a simple song that told the highlights of the story too.
Song – 3 Bears – tune of 3 Blind Mice
3 Brown Bears
3 Brown Bears
See all the beds
See all the chairs
The mama cooked in a big round pot
The papa’s porridge was much too hot
The baby bear always cried a lot,
3 Brown Bears
After singing it all week I made a book for the children using this song and the pictures from the magnet board.
Because they had been singing it with the pictures they could turn the pages and “read” it too. Nora was even pointing to some of the words.
I made a Goldilocks pointer for each of them by gluing her onto a popsicle stick.
We had fun playing 5 Bears in the Bed too.
I enlarged these a little for my magnet board, and copied these for the children to color. Nora cut her own.
You probably know this song (chant)
5 bears in the bed and the little one said
I’m crowded, roll over
So they all rolled over and one fell out
4 bears in the bed …
1 bear in the bed and the little one said
We sang it with hand motions and took the bears off the bed as we sang it every day too.
Of course we had to do it with Teddy Grahams too!
We used our new table for pudding paint. The kids helped me mix up some instant chocolate pudding. I put a few spoonfuls on the tray and let them play – and then lick their fingers!
When they had had enough fun we made a print of the pudding by laying this bear shape onto the pudding and gently pressing it down.
I wanted to cut out the bear shape but decided I liked the words at the top too!
It was a Bear-y fun week! (sorry)