One of our preschool themes in January is hibernating bears. As we explore our winter theme, we talk about animals that sleep during the winter. Preschoolers are especially drawn to bears because there are so many picture books with main characters that are bears, and because many of them have special attachments to stuffed teddy bears. So, when we had the children make their own stuffed bears that needed to hibernate in beds, they were beyond excited!
What you will need for this hibernating bears activity:
Teddy bear outline (you might need to adjust the size)
Googly eyes, or the children can draw their own eyes
Scraps of fabric and some larger pieces for the blankets
and any other embellishments you desire!
The first step:
Cut 2 bears shapes for each bear that will be made.
Cut small hearts from the fabric.
Start adorning the bear:
Place materials on a table and invite the children to decorate their bears.
Let the bears dry.
Staple, stuff, and then staple again.
Once bears are dry, staple them on top of another bear-shaped brown piece of paper. Leave an opening so they can be stuffed. Stuff the bears with a bit of newspaper and then staple closed.
Make a bed for the hibernating bears:
Place the bears in a shoebox and make a blanket out of fabric to put on top.
Here are more winter activities to try:
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