Teddy Bear Theme and Activities

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Young children love their teddy bears! There are so many activities that you can do to celebrate this beloved stuffed animal. Use this theme to celebrate National Teddy Bear Day (September 9) or National Teddy Bear Picnic Day (July 10).

Teddy Bear Songs and Fingerplays

Five Little Bears
One little bear
Wondering what to do
Along came another
Then there were two!
Two little bears
Climbing up a tree
Along came another
Then there were three!
Three little bears
Ate an apple core
Along came another
Then there were four!
Four little honey bears
Found honey in a hive
Along came another
Then there were five!

The Bear Went Over the Mountain
The bear went over the mountain.
The bear went over the mountain.
The bear went over the mountain
To see what he could see.

And what do you think he saw?
What do you think he saw?

The other side of the mountain,
The other side of the mountain,
The other side of the mountain
Was all that he could see.

Three Brown Bears (Tune: Three Blind Mice)
Three brown bears
Three brown bears
See all their beds
See all their chairs
The mommy cooked in
A big brown pot
The daddy's porridge
Was much too hot
The baby bear
Always cried a lot
Three brown bears

You are my Teddy Bear (Tune: You Are My Sunshine)
You are my teddy bear
My only teddy bear
You make me smile dear
You are my friend
You'll never know dear
How much I like you
I'm so glad you're my
Teddy Bear today.

Teddy Bear Art Activities

Coffee Ground Teddy Bear
Have the children paint construction paper teddy bears with paint that has coffee grounds mixed in it. When dry, add googly eyes and a mouth.

Pom Pom Teddy Bear
Provide children a teddy bear cut-out and assortment of pom pom balls. Let them glue pom pom balls on their bear to make a soft teddy bear.

Teddy Bear Math and Science

Teddy Bear Sorting
Have each child bring in a Teddy Bear from home. Sort the bears by size, color, which are wearing clothes, etc.

Teddy Graham Estimation
Place Teddy Graham Crackers into a clear jar and have children estimate how many bears there are. Write down estimates then sort into piles of ten, and count bears by tens.

Teddy Bear Counters
Use Teddy Bear counters for sorting, patterning, measuring and more!

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Gummy Bear Science
On a Friday, have each child place a gummy bear into a clear cup of water. Ask them to predict what will happen to the gummy bear and write down their predictions. When they come back on Monday, they will see that the gummy bears have increased in size and now are floating in the water.

Teddy Bear Motor Skills and Movement

Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear, turn around
Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear, turn around.
Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear, touch the ground.
Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear, reach up high.
Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear, wink one eye.
Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear, slap your knees.
Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear, sit down please.

Teddy Bear Hunt
Hide teddy bears or pictures of teddy bears around classroom or playground. Let children walk around on a bear hunt to try to find them.

Teddy Bear Snacks

Teddy Bear Picnic
Have a picnic lunch or snack on a blanket with teddy bears.

Toasty Teddy Bears
Cut a piece of toast with a teddy bear cookie cutter. Spread with peanut butter and add raisins or chocolate chips for eyes.

Teddy Grahams
Give children an assortment of Teddy Graham Crackers. Allow them to sort or graph their crackers.

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