B is for Bear…..

We had a super fun week filled with lots of Teddy Bear excitement!  We celebrated the letter Bb and devoted the entire week to bears.  We made cute bear crafts, sang some songs, played a Honey Hunt game and ended the week with a Teddy Bear Picnic.  I can remember when I was little I had the record (yes, there were records when I was little :) )of the song “Teddy Bears Picnic”.  This themed week brought back lots of memories.  This is one of my favorite themes to do with children!

 

Sing With Me

“The Teddy Bears Picnic”

Click above to hear the vintage song!

Lyrics by Henry Hall

If you go down in the woods today you’re sure of a big surprise
If you go down in the woods today you’d better go in disguise
For every bear that ever there was will gather there for certain
Because today’s the day the Teddy Bears have their picnic

Every Teddy Bear who’s been good is sure of a treat today
There’s lots of marvelous things to eat and wonderful games to play
Beneath the trees where nobody sees they’ll hide and seek as long as they please
That’s the way the Teddy Bears have their picnic
Picnic time for Teddy Bears
The little Teddy Bears are having a lovely time today

Watch them, catch them unawares and see them picnic on their holiday
See them gaily gad about
They love to play and shout
They never have any cares
At six o’clock their Mummies and Daddies will take them home to bed
‘Cause they’re tired little Teddy Bears

If you go down in the woods today you better not go alone
It’s lovely down in the woods today but safer to stay at home
For every bear that ever there was will gather there for certain
Because today’s the day the Teddy Bears have their picnic

Teddy Bear Picnic

(To the tune “Up on the Housetop”)

The teddy bears when to the park to play..

They are having a picnic today

They played ball and ran races.

They ate honey and licked their faces!

Yum, yum, yum-honey in my tum.

Yum, yum, yum-I’ll have some!

The teddy bears went to the park to play.

They are having a picnic today.

Story Time

We read “Goldilocks and the Three Bears”Retold and Illustrated by Jan Brett.  While reading the story, the children acted it out  with our story telling  masks.

goldilocks and the three bears for preschoolers

bear books for preschoolers

We read a few books from the bear series by Karma Wilson:  “Bear Feels Scared” and “Bears Loose Tooth”

bear books for preschoolers

We also read a few books by Jez Alborough: “It’s the Bear” and “Where’s My Teddy”

Craft Time

bear crafts for preschoolers

We made bear faces out of paper plates, little plastic drinking cups and google eyes.

bear crafts for preschoolers

bear crafts for preschoolers

We made colorful button necklaces.  Because B is for button too!  The children picked out their favorite ones and counted the buttons as they strung them onto their string.

b is for button craft

b is for button craft

We made button bears too!  The children glued buttons onto the bear cut out. We glued two together and stuffed them when they were dry.

bear craft

bear craft

bear craft

Play with Me

bear game

We played a fun game called Honey Hunt.  I hid the honey bear somewhere in the classroom.  One by one the children searched and hunted for the honey.  When they found it, they got a taste!

bear game

Snack Time

teddy bear picnic snacks

We ended the week with our Teddy Bear Picnic!  Everyone brought a bear from home as a special guest to our fun party!  We enjoyed Bears in Boats, Teddy Bear Trail Mix and Teddy Bear Cupcakes too.

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