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Teddy Bear Craft
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Alphabet
*Letter BB is for Bear
*Letter T > T is for Teddy bear

Animals > Mammals > Forest >
Bears

Colors >  Brown

Crafts
> Easy Shapes Circle Bear

Holidays and Events > *June > Zoo & Aquarium Month
*July 10th > Teddy Bear Picnic Day
*Sept. 9th > Teddy Bear Day
*Dec. 27th > Visit the Zoo Day

Numbers > Counting, Sizing, Sorting

Shapes
> Circles

Toys > Teddy Bears
During these activities children can learn some basic facts about bears and/or a famous toy, the teddy bear.  

Teddy Bear Background:  
Visit this brief story of the teddy bear, an American treasure (and loved the world over), named after the 26th U.S. President Theodore (Teddy) Roosevelt.  

A teddy bear theme is welcomed for almost every type of holiday or special occasions throughout the year.  One of the special qualities of teddy bears is that they provide comfort to young and young at heart, so this theme is also  useful for providing comfort in times of crisis:  grief, loss, illness, or any stress related situation.

The printable craft for this activity is a smaller version of the large bear craft featured in this activity - 13 pieces, with an option to only complete the head portion. 

Other alphabet printable materials are provided in the materials column as well as links to related activities.  

Activity #1:  Easy Shapes Bear Craft ( 8 pieces) Ages 2+  

NOTE:  The body template can be glued to a CD. 

Prepare an introduction for the theme, holiday or event and what will be presented before starting the craft activities.  A paper puppet or nursery rhyme activity can help get things started!

There are a number of ways to assemble and make this craft.  Review printing and assembly options that best meet your needs.  Before assembly conduct some of the learning activities suggested below:

Printing and assembly options for Bear Head Craft
Option 1:  Print color template #1, cut out, conduct learning activities below and assemble.
Option 2:  Print black & white template #1.  Children can color, paint or decorate first,  cut out and proceed as above.
Option 3:  Print black & white template #1  onto your choice of color craft paper and color in sections desired, such as eye ball, inner ears, nose, feet features).  Cut out and proceed as above.

Other decorations and ideas:
1.  The body circle template can be glued to a CD.
2.  Tape a ribbon or string to back of head to use as decoration or holiday ornament.  
3.  Replace eye template with wiggly eyes and/or glue pom pom for the nose.
4.  Tape the craft to a craft stick (Popsicle stick).
5.  Add any other decorations for different holidays:  for example, add a heart cut out for St. Valentine's. 
6. Glue to a folded paper or /card stock for an instant greeting card.  
7.  Write a message or add a picture to the back or small picture in the bears body.
8.  Write letter Bb (Bear) or Tt (Teddy) in the body of the bear.

Learning Activities to conduct before Bear Head Craft assembly:
Choose from the activities below you feel are are appropriate for the children.


Shapes & Color Activity:

1.  Identify the main shapes for all pieces: circles, ovals, [arms have a close resemblance to the crescent shape, if you prefer  keep separate for this activity to avoid confusion).   Discuss the colors, on the template (browns) or the colors chosen by the children to color the pieces.  Some children like to discuss the colors as they choose them while coloring or painting the templates.

Numbers/Pre-Math Activities:
To conduct these activities pieces should be decorated and cut out.

1. Sorting/Sizing/Categorizing:  Have the children sort the shapes by size.  Have the children arrange the sorted shapes in piles from smallest to largest. 

2. Counting:  Count how many shapes are in each pile/size (include counting the eyes printed on the face circle).  You may want to write the numbers as you count on the blank side of the template to acquaint the children with printed numbers.

Proceed with craft assembly.  Show the small image of the finished craft featured in the template to help the children see how the finished craft looks and to aid them in positioning the pieces.  After completing the craft the children can hold their finished craft while conducting some of the activities below.

Alphabet lesson plan printable activities
Visit the link to include alphabet activities.

* Letter B is for Bear
* Letter T is for Teddy bear

Learn about Bears:

Animals facts and online resources

Visit the Wild Animal: Bear Section or Teddy Bear Theme for various related activities:  book/story time activity, online activities, or nursery rhyme, etc.  These activities can also be conducted as  follow up and reinforcement of letter b and expand learning skills.
*Highlights:
Nursery Rhyme:  Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear Activity

 

 Bear or Teddy Bear Craft (Small)
Body can be glued to a CD 

illustration only
template  below

Teddy Bear or Bear Craft
Color:
*Template #1

Black & White
*Template #1

Alphabet printable activities:
*B is for Bear
*T is for Teddy bear








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