Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Toddler Book plus Activities: Bear Wants More

Sweet Turtle Soup - Toddler Book plus Activities: Bear Wants More by Karma Wilson
One of our favorite set of books is the 'Bear' books by Karma Wilson. We got our first one "Bear Stays Up for Christmas" during, you guessed it, Christmas last year. And since then we've borrowed every single one that our library has in stock.

"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":

Feed the Bear box, kid crafts and activities
Feed the Bear box, kid crafts and activities
Feed the Bear box, kid crafts and activities
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.

Make honey cakes, baking with toddlers
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.

B is for Bear, hand print crafts
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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Bear tracks activityBear tracks activity
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?

Salt Dough bear ornaments, crafts with kids
Salt Dough bear ornaments, crafts with kids
Salt Dough bear ornaments, crafts with kids
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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17 comments:

  1. You've got skills mama!!! What about glueing a toilet paper roll to the top of the cardboard?

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  2. Ok, no joke, I am coming over to your house to play because seriously, you are the most fun and creative mom ever! I think I say that every time, but every time I mean it! This is so fun!!!

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  3. I havent heard of the Bear series, I gotta check them out! That bear printing is too adorable.

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  4. Okay, I'm officially starting a list. I've never heard of the "bear books" either!

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  5. What awesome activities! I love the bear tracks. I wonder if you could attach part of a cup or something to the back like a handle... or part of a toilet paper roll?

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  6. Yup, you are the coolest mom ever & I want to come down there & live with you so I can join in on all these activities. So much fun! :)

    Mandie ~ http://badbrewpack.blogspot.com/

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  7. So cute and creative! Love the bear box!

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  8. I was just reading your post on Colorado- I grew up in Denver and went to CU! Such a small world and so glad you stopped by my blog so that I could "meet" you! We actually have 2 of the bear books in my daughter's collection. These activities are just adorable- you are so creative!

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  9. This post kind of makes me cry...missing the days of just Lily and I where we had time to do fun stuff like this. That sponge foot print is something she would go crazy over! I just need to get better at planning activities in advance. I can do everything on a whim like I use to. Keep the ideas coming! Oh, btw, that Pigeon book...Lily has one of those. I do NOT understand them.

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  10. again I just love this creativity and really bringing home the ideas and topics for the books...I think it really helps her to get all the concepts! bookmarking for future use!

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  11. I'm feeling like a little bit of an under-acheiver in the kid entertaining dept now!! Great job lady!!

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  12. I love all the crafts you did! Everything was really cute, especially those bear track footprints! I have to remember the salt dough idea- I remember doing that when I was younger, but I know it's something Reese would love. I love Aria's face in that last picture of you two- so cute!

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  13. LOVE the bear books! My fave is Bear snores on!

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  14. Love all these! Those bear ornaments are so cute! And you can never go wrong with a baking activity. This makes me want to go to the library ASAP!

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  15. Aaahhh I just love it. You would be one rocking home school mama friend. I just love the illustrations in those bear books.

    Your activities are fantastic too!

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  16. Wow!! I love all of the activities! Such a crafty momma. I need to get my craft on more now that it is summer and I can bring the mess outside. I may need to steal a few of these ideas and do them with my mom's club. :)

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  17. You are the best mama! Seriously. I love all of the activities.

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