Hibernating bears in preschool

by Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. on November 5, 2011

in Baby Bear, Good Night, Hibernating Bears

Today we explored hibernating bears…

After reading the book “Good Night, Baby Bear” by Frank Asch, my students enjoyed crawling through the bear cave…

We covered a couple of child-sized tables with blankets to turn them into bear caves.  We played a game at first. When I shouted “it is Spring Time!” the bears went through the cave.  When I shouted “it is Winter Time!”, all the bears went into the cave to hibernate (sleep)…

The bears particularly liked to snore while they slept…

The children played in the caves most of the afternoon.  While I read the book, the children took turns holding my teddy bears…

And we sang and danced to a teddy bear action song…

And a few of our children decided it would be more fun to use the ringer from our egg timers to wake up the bears…

It was a beary fun day!

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1 lori November 5, 2011 at 9:53 am

We are “hibernating” our class bear on Thursday. We will make a “cave” with a box, paint, and batting for snow. Feed the bear ( fish crackers of course ) and then in she goes. We’ll hang the :shhhh , bear sleeping: sign on the front. Of course there are bear stories and bear games too. And I am incorporating this fun Large Cave idea too.

2 Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. November 5, 2011 at 10:21 am

You are on the ball Lori – what great ideas! The kids will have so much fun:)

3 Lindsey@Kindred Spirit Mommy November 5, 2011 at 3:11 pm

This is SO sweet! What a fun day at preschool, and a great way to learn. :)

4 Marcia November 5, 2011 at 9:54 pm

OH your day looks like so much fun. What a great activity!
Marcia Murphy :)

5 Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. November 6, 2011 at 9:22 am

Thank you Marcia!

6 Beth November 7, 2011 at 1:30 pm

Very cute! Love the kids under the table! I wanted to invite you to come link up at TGIF Linky Party – http://livinglifeintentionally.blogspot.com/search/label/Linkey%20Parties
Beth =-)

7 Shiloh November 7, 2011 at 4:54 pm

I LOVE the cave game. One of my favorite kids books right now is Bear Snores On. Hibernation is just such a fun topic.

8 Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. November 8, 2011 at 8:58 pm

I just bought that book!!

9 Brooke@Let Kids Create November 8, 2011 at 1:54 am

What fun, I bet these kids will always remember this book and activity. Thanks for sharing on Monday Madness!

10 Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. November 8, 2011 at 8:57 pm

I know I will remember it! It was soooo loud in the classroom!

11 Laura@art4littlehands November 13, 2011 at 2:06 pm

What a fun and cute activity to do with this book. I especially like the dancing with the teddy bears. Thanks for linking up to Monday Madness. I love ideas that go with books so much.

12 Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. November 13, 2011 at 3:43 pm

We love books that go along with fun ideas too!

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