Bear Craft or Teddy Bear Craft - Practice Circles Shape
Preschool Lesson Plan Printable Activities

Activities Materials
During these activities children can learn about bears, and a famous toy, the teddy bear.

Activity >
Learn about Bears > Review this lesson plan to learn about bears and related activities.

Activity > Teddy Bear Background
Visit the link above for a brief story of the teddy bear, an American treasure, named after the 26th U.S. President Theodore (Teddy) Roosevelt. This toy was inducted in the Toy Hall of Fame in 1998.

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 the 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 first craft is the Easy Shapes Bear or Teddy bear Head (8 pieces). The second craft is completed by doing the head craft plus the body templates (5 additional pieces).

Note: For a smaller version of this craft with 8 pieces visit here.

Activity > Easy Shapes Bear Head Craft (8 pieces) Ages 2+

This craft was inspired by a circle bear craft created by Leanne at DLTK Crafts for Kids a years earlier.  DLTK's circle bear was one of the first crafts I presented to my son around age 2 1/2 and we still treasure it as a Christmas ornament.

Review printing and assembly options that best meet your needs.  Before assembly conduct the learning activities suggested below.

Recommendation:  Complete the head craft first and the learning activities suggested below. Assemble the body after a break or on a separate day with a related activity.

Printing and assembly options:
Option 1:  Print color template, conduct learning activities below, cut out and assemble.
Option 2:  Print black & white template. Color, paint or decorate,  conduct learning activities, cut out and assemble.
Option 3:  Print black & white template to your choice of color craft paper, and color in sections desired, such as eye ball, inner ears, nose, feet features.

Learning activities to conduct before craft assembly:

  • Shape > Circle & Color Activity: Identify the circles. Discuss the colors on the template (brown and tan/beige) or the colors chosen by the children to color the templates.
  • Numbers and pre-math activities: To conduct these activities pieces should be decorated and cut out.
    • Sorting and Sizing:  Have the children sort the circles by size, from small to large.
    • Counting:  Count how many circles in each size.  You may want to write the numbers as you count on the blank side of the template to acquaint the children with printed numbers.

      Body:  At your discretion skip the sorting, counting activity for the body portion, or just do a count of the toes - 1 thru 8

Craft assembly:

  • Show the small image of the finished craft featured in the template to help the children see how the it looks and to aid them in positioning the pieces.
  • Suggested assembly > Head > start from the top > paste inner ear, inside larger ear, paste ears in front or behind head, paste eyes, and nose. Body > paste arms only at the shoulder so the arms can move up and down, and paste feet. Paste head over body at the shoulder level.

Other decorations and ideas:

  • Write letter Bb bear or Tt teddy bear in the body of the bear.
  • Trace and cut pieces on fun foam, or any left over materials.
  • Tape a ribbon or string to back of head to use as decoration or ornament.
  • Replace eye template with plastic wiggly eyes or glue pom pom for the nose.
  • Tape head craft to a craft stick or drinking straw for a hand puppet.
  • Paste craft to lunch paper bag for a quick puppet.

Alphabet lesson plan printable activities: Visit the links provided to alphabet activities.

Easy Shapes Bear | Teddy Bear Head Craft
easy shapes bear or teddy bear head craft
Illustration only
templates below

Head Craft Only 1

Black & White

Easy Shapes Bear or Teddy bear Craft
easy shapes bear or teddy bear printable craft

Head + Body 2
Color 1 & 2

Black & White 1 & 2

For a  SMALL version of this craft CLICK HERE

Alphabet printable activities
letter b bear printable activities
B is for Bear

letter t teddy bear printable activities
T is for Teddy bear