In the middle of January in the chilly Northeast in a cozy, comfy library, we are going to have a Bear Hunt Story Time!!! I adore, 'We're Going on a Bear Hunt' by Micahel Rosen and Helen Oxenbury. The cadence, descriptive noises and exciting journey keeps readers, both young and old, involved. I love to read this book to PreK kiddos as they can help clap, tap, splash and crawl along as the young children and father explore the outside elements in hopes of finding that bear. The more I can get the kiddos moving during story time, the more fun and learning we can have!
Once we have had a blast reading our story, there are several fun activities planned to help keep our kiddos creatively learning.
Activity 1: Paper Plate Bear Craft - All you need is a paper plate, cotton balls, torn brown paper, marker & glue stick. Depending upon age, you can draw eyes, nose and mouth ahead of time. I also like to let the kiddos tear their own pieces of paper as it is great for their fine motor skills and muscle development. Be sure to pre-rip pieces as it can take kiddos a long time to tear bits and you want to ensure you have enough. With a few simple materials, you can let the kiddos glue and create their own bear masterpiece!
Activity 2: Pin the Nose on the Bear - Our young kiddos love to be moving so let's give them that chance. The simple 'Pin the Nose on the Bear' activity is always a great way to get the kiddos moving and having fun. Click Here for a printable of 'Pin the Nose on the Bear.' Just enlarge, hang on the wall, cut out a triangle nose and let the kiddos have fun by trying to pin that nose on the bear. You can use a blind fold or just let them close their eyes and turn them around a few times first. Either way, there will be sure to be a ton of bear giggles and fun!
Activity 3: Trace the Bear Worksheet - Our youngest kiddos can never have enough practice developing those muscle and fine motor skills. Let them have a quick try at tracing the bear to the button in this adorable 'Trace the Bear to the Button Worksheet'.
Activity 4: Bear Coloring Sheets - Click on either one of the following Bear Coloring Sheets (or both) to get the printable version. If you have the time or space, I LOVE to tape coloring sheets underneath tables or on a wall. It gets the kiddos excited to color, and creatively develop their muscles in a different way!
I'm Rachel Myers, a mom of 2, married to my college guy, former Corporate America gal that stayed home with the kiddos, and now am a preK teacher. This is my little spot to reflect and make it through my journey. Sometimes I lean on Christ and sometimes I forget. Along the way, I love finding inspiration from others, spreading the good in people and finding the joy in God !