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This is a simple Christmas or winter season holiday craft of a bear or teddy bear.
Refer to the themes column for related learning
activities and printable materials.
One of the special qualities of teddy bears is that they provide
comfort to the young and young at heart.
Activity: Christmas or Winter Bear Craft (5 pieces with
message tag) Ages 2.5+
Prepare an introduction for the theme, holiday, story or event and what
will be presented before starting the craft activities.
Review printing and assembly options that best meet your needs.
Printing and assembly options for Bear Head Craft
Option 1: Print color template
1c, cut out, and proceed with assembly instructions below.
Option 2: Print black & white template
1b. Color, paint or decorate first, cut out, and
proceed with assembly instructions below.
Option 3: Print black & white template
(bear template only) onto your choice of color craft paper
and color in sections desired. Print accessories (hat, candy
cane and tags) color
template 2ca or black
& white template 2bb. Cut out, color, decorate and proceed
with assembly instructions below.
Option 4 for Large Groups: (8 children or more)
- Print black & white template
1ba (bear templates only) on
white or onto your choice of color craft paper.
- Choose accessories templates with
hats, candy canes & message tags in
or black & white (3bb,
Show the small image of the
finished craft briefly
(featured in the template) to help the children see how the finished
craft looks and to aid them in positioning the pieces.
Note: Start the landscape background first before
starting the craft to allow the paint to dry.
- Glue bear's head to body.
- Glue winter hat to bear's head. Optional: paste some cotton balls
or batting to hat border and ball tip.
- Glue candy cane and optional message tag.
The tags are blank to write a short greeting: Happy Holidays,
Merry Christmas, etc.
Other decorations and ideas:
1 > Make a winter
landscape (Ages 4+)
Materials: 1 piece of standard construction paper, white
or beige. crayons (brown) or oil pastels, water colors (light blue and
white, brushes or sponges. Cotton or torn white tissue
paper. Optional a little salt or glitter
Steps and instructions for making landscape:
Children 4 and older
- Ask the children to draw a simple tree
with bare branches. Make a quick demonstration with the crayon
or pastel on the left side of the paper. Drawing with the crayon
will create a resist
effect when the watercolor is applied. Comment on why
this happens: the wax or oil in the crayon/pastel resists the water (will
not mix with) based paint.
- Mix a little blue and white water color or
watered down tempera to make a light blue shade. Encourage children to
sponge or use wide brushes to paint over the tree and the entire page.
- While the paint is still wet sprinkle with a
little salt to create texture. Set the page aside to dry and proceed
to make the bear craft or other activity.
- When the page is fairly dry, place some rolled
tape on the back of the bear (masking tape works well) and paste to
to the tree. The bear will raise slightly above
- Apply some glue on the bottom
and in some of the branches in the landscape.
Children can glue torn white tissue paper or divided cotton balls or
cotton batting for a snow effect.
- Children can draw in other
elements: a simple bird, or provide winter stickers like
snowflakes and glitter glue.
The landscape craft can be used as a large greeting card or as a cover
for a holiday scrapbook.
- Optional: Frame the landscape. Cut
3/4" strips of construction paper the length and width of
the landscape paper. Older children can also experiment by using textured
scissors to make the frame more interesting or color a design on the
frame after gluing it.
2Ornament: Tape a ribbon, string
or yarn to back of the finished craft to use as a decoration
or Christmas tree ornament. Decorate plain gift bags. Add
a magnet to place on an appliance or metal surface.
3 Tape the craft to a craft stick (Popsicle stick) to make a
4 > Write letter Bb (Bear) or Tt (Teddy) in the body of the bear.
Activity: Alphabet printable activities for > Letter B
Bear or Letter T Teddy
This lesson plan includes:
1. Bear facts activity > printable mini-book and learn
2. Online resources about bears.
3. Online jigsaw puzzle
or Winter Season
or Teddy Ornament Craft
Winter Landscape Craft illustration
Bear or Bear Craft Templates
Option 1 color > 1c
Option 2 B/W > 1b
Bear black & white 1ba
Bear black & white 1ba
*4ca (8 candy canes)
*5ca (6 message
black & white:
*3bb (8 hats)
*4bb (8 candy canes)
Alphabet printable activities for:
Letter B Bear
Letter T Teddy