We are wrapping up our first theme of the summer which was chosen by my 4 year old. It has been a very easy theme and that is good since we had a busy week. We didn't use all of the ideas my sister and I brainstormed due to all the busyness, but that is the beauty of these themes. You do what you have time for.
"MMM. This porridge is JUST RIGHT!" said Goldilocks.
For art, we made these cute little bear bags. All you need is a lunch sack, wadded up newspaper, a stapler, paint, and construction paper. You can also use googly eyes if you like. First, stuff the sack with the newspaper, fold down the top and paint the whole thing. We made brown bears, but you could make any kind. After the paint dries, add ears, eyes, a nose and mouth. Aren't they cute?
My sister also made these circle bears with her girls. She's such an over-achiever.
For math, have the kids sort the bear collection by different characteristics. You can also do Gummy Bear math by sorting, making patterns, counting, and graphing the different colors. We intended to do this, but ran out of time.
The only "schoolish" type thing we did was color and make these Itsy Bitsy Bear Books. This required us to open up at least one non-fiction bear book. We learned a lot about the different types of bears and it was very enjoyable.
Other possible activities:
- Jumprope rhyme "Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear."
- Have a teddy bear picnic with a tea set and stuffed animals. Serve honey on bread. (We plan to do this later today!)
- Look up the history of teddy bears on the internet (Sweetheart and I did this)
Famous bears to think about when doing a bear theme:
- Berenstein Bears
- Paddington Bear
We read many, many bear books this week, but the award winner was.....
Deep in the Forest--this wordless picture book tells the story of three people who go for a walk in the woods and a naughty baby bear who visits their house while they are away. Precious!
We had a great time with bears this week. Look for the next Summer Theme-A-Week post next Friday. Have a great weekend!