Theme 1 > Teddy Bears or
During these activities children can learn some basic facts about bears or a famous toy, the teddy bear.
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. One of the special qualities of teddy bears is that they provide comfort to the young and the young at heart. The teddy bear is inducted in the Toy Hall of Fame.
Theme 2 > St. Patrick's Day Basic Information:
St. Patrick's Day honors the saint who spread the Christian faith in Ireland in the fourth century. Legend has it that he used the green shamrock with its three leaves to explain the Trinity -- the idea that God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit are one. Today, people of Irish heritage celebrate this day with parades and "wearing green."
Printing and assembly options:
Option 1: Print color template, cut out, conduct your choice of learning activities below and assemble.
Option 2: Print black & white template. Color, paint or decorate first, cut out, conduct learning activities and assemble.
Learning activities to conduct before craft assembly:
Shapes & Color Activity:
- Identify the main shapes for all pieces: circles, ovals, rectangles in the flag.
- Discuss the colors on the template or the colors chosen by the children to color the pieces.
To conduct these activities pieces should be decorated and cut out.
- Sorting / Sizing: Have the children sort the templates that have specific shapes by size.
Sort shapes in piles from smallest to largest.
- Counting: Count how many shapes are in each pile/size; include counting the eyes printed on the face circle.
Write the numbers as you count on the blank side of the template to acquaint the children with numbers.
- Proceed with craft assembly. Show the small image of the
finished craft featured on the template to help during assembly.
- Assemble head pieces: ears to head in front or behind the template and hat
- Glue arms to body close to the edges of the circle.
- Glue flag lining up close to the middle line in the circle.
- Glue head and oval feet.
- Tape a ribbon or string behind the head to use as a decoration or holiday ornament.
- Replace eye template with wiggly eyes and/or glue pom pom for the nose.
- Tape the craft to a craft stick (Popsicle stick).
- Glue to folded paper or card stock for an instant greeting card.
- Write letter Bb (bear) or Tt (teddy) behind the craft.
- Make a handprint or shamrock paper wreath, and add the teddy to the bottom for a finishing touch.
- Close template window after printing to return to this screen.
- Set page margins to zero (minimum) if you have trouble fitting the template on one page or review Print Help.