"Bear Wants More" is one of our faves from the bunch. So, we had ourselves a Bear kind of week.
Here are five activities that go along with "Bear Wants More":
I found this idea on pinterest. You take a small box. Paint and decorate it like a bear. Cut a hole for his mouth. And then while you are reading the book have your kid draw (or scribble) pictures for each of the things that bear eats - fresh shoots, strawberries, clover, fish, and honey cakes. Then you feed your bear each piece of paper and he gets full.
Since Aria isn't beyond the just scribble stage yet I gave her crayon colors that matched with the food item - reds and pinks for strawberries for example. Then for the fish and honey cakes I drew fish shapes and circles for her to color in, only because she asked me to color with her though.
This is the only activity that is specific to "Bear Wants More". The following four can be combined with any of the other 'Bear' books - unless one doesn't mention honey cakes, but as far as I can tell they all do.
I thought about making chocolate chip cookies, because in the book they look just like chocolate chip cookies. So you could always go that route, but I ended up finding a honey oatmeal cookie with chocolate chips recipe that we made.
I'm not a fan of oatmeal cookies in general but I liked these well enough. However, the raw dough was delicious - I licked the spoon and the bowl clean. Aria devoured hers (and I saved her one more for later) and then I sent the rest off to work with Chris.
I know the details are a little small, but isn't that the sweetest hand print bear you've ever seen? Originally I was going to draw a B and then add ears, face, and tail like a bear for Aria to color in, but a quick visit to pinterest and I found bear hand prints - sold!
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I saw this done on the bottom of flip flops and thought it was a terribly cute idea. Instead of flip flops I just cut out a bear track shape from cheap sponges (I needed 2) and hot glued them to a piece of cardboard.
I wanted to add a handle or grasp of some sort to the back of the cardboard but couldn't think of anything. Aria kept getting her hands all painted green when she would pick up the cardboard to make a new on track. Any ideas on a handle that I could hot glue to cardboard?
This one worked itself out when I discovered that we had a bear shaped cookie cutter in our cookie cutter stash. Along with a cow head and rooster...in case you were wondering.
Aria and I whipped up a batch of salt dough - 1 cup flour, 1 cup salt, 1/2 cup water. We rolled it out and then cut out bear shapes. We got 5 bears before the cookie cutter broke in half (it was rather old), and so I held it together to press out two more bears before it crumbled into even more pieces that I promptly tossed in the trash. 7 bears is better than no bears! They spent about 4 hours in the oven at 200 being flipped every hour to dry out. The next day we painted them with regular ol' tempera paint, which isn't the best on salt dough but we just used what we had.
We are all set for Christmas now with our bear shaped ornaments!
There you have it, 5 activities that go with "Bear Wants More" by Karma Wilson.
What are your favorite toddler books that lend themselves well to activities?
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