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Bear Craft or Teddy Bear Craft
Practice Circles Shape
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Alphabet
*Letter BB is for Bear
*Letter TT 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.  There are two bear/teddy bear printable crafts and learning activities.  Have fun!

Teddy Bear Background:
Visit the link above for a 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 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/Teddy Head Craft (8 pieces) which can be glued to a CD.  The second craft is completed by doing the first craft (head) and adding the body templates (5 additional pieces).  

Note:  For a smaller version of this craft - (body fits a CD) - complete bear is 8 pieces visit here.

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

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

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

This craft was inspired by a circle bear craft created by Leanne at DLTK Crafts for Kids a few 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.

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 these crafts.  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.

Printing and assembly options for Bear Body 
Options #1, #2, and #3 above all apply for template #2 (body)
Option #4 - Print black & white template #2.  The large circle for the body can be replaced with a small paper plate, paint back of plate, wait to dry and assemble completed hear and remaining pieces.  

Other decorations and ideas:
1.  The center circle with face features can be glued to a CD.
2.  Trace and cut pieces on fun foam or clean Styrofoam trays.
3.  Tape a ribbon or string to back of head to use as decoration or ornament.  
4.  Replace eye template with wiggly eyes and/or glue pom pom for the nose.
5.  Tape head craft to a craft stick (Popsicle stick) or drinking straw for a hand puppet.
6.  Glue craft to lunch paper bag for a quick puppet.
7.  Add any other decorations for different holidays:  for example, add a heart cut out for St. Valentine's. 
8. Head craft alone can be glued to a folded /card stock for an instant greeting card.  
8.  Write a message or add a picture to the back or small picture in the bears body.
9.  Write letter Bb (Bear) 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.


Shape: Circle & Color Activity:

1.  Identify the main shape for all pieces: the circle.   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.
Note:  The body section has one circle and oval feet and toes.  These can be addressed separately when that portion of the craft is done.

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

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

2. Counting:  Count how many circles 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.

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

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 links to include alphabet activities.
* Letter B is for Bear
* Letter T is for Teddy bear

Learning about Bears: Animal Facts Activity (offline and online) Ages 3+
1.  Make a mini-book with simple facts about bears and learn letter B.
2.  Online jigsaw puzzle of a black bear > endangered animal
2.  Online line resources to learn about bears

Visit the Mammals section: Bear theme 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

 head template can be glued to a CD

Easy Shapes Bear | Teddy Bear Head Craft

illustration only
templates below

Head Craft Template:
Color
 
*Template #1
Black & White
*Template #1

 Bear or Teddy Bear Craft (Large)
Head  CD Craft above + body template #2

illustration only
template #2 below
For a  SMALL version of this craft CLICK HERE

Body Templates:
Color:
*Template#2
Black & White
*Template #2

Alphabet printable materials:
*B is for Bear
*T is for Teddy Bear






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