During this craft and learning activities children can learn about bears, and a famous toy, the teddy bear. Review the complimentary activites for these themes below.
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.
This craft was inspired by a circle bear craft created by Leanne at DLTK Crafts for Kids 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.
Recommendation: Review printing and assembly options. 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.
- paper or card stock
- coloring tools for black & white templates
Printing and assembly options:
Option 1: Print template of your choice, color and decorate if that applies, conduct learning activities below, cut out and assemble.
Option 2: 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. Conduct learning activities, cut out and assemble.
Learning activities to conduct before craft assembly:
- 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.
- Have the children sort the shapes by size, from small to large.
- Count how many shapes 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.
Show the small image of the finished craft featured in the template to help the children assemble the craft. Assemble head first.
- Glue inner ear circles over larger ear circles.
- Glue ears in front or behind the head, whichever is easier for the children.
- Glue eyes or plastic wiggly eyes.
- Glue nose aligned to the mouth feature.
- Glue arms only at the shoulder, so arms can move.
- Paste feet.
- Past assembled head 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 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 a pom pom for the nose.
- Tape the craft to a craft stick or drinking straw for a hand puppet.
- Paste craft to lunch paper bag for a quick puppet.
- 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.
- Science and Social Studies > Learn about Bears lesson plan and resouces.
- Social Stuies > Teddy
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.
- Alphabet > Introduce or review:
Animals > Forest > Bears -- Teddy Bears >