Thursday, 6 February 2014

Brown bear, brown bear, what do you see? - EYFS activities for children



Last week I looked at one of my favourite Eric Carle books ' The very hungry caterpillar.' This week I have decided to look at some activities which relate to 'Brown bear, brown bear, what do you see?'

I have many fond memories of reading this book many times to toddlers and pre-school children whilst working as a nursery nurse.

I have created a list of ideas for activities to go with the story. All activities have been grouped into the EYFS areas of learning that I feel they best fit into. 

Dont forget to hop over to my pinterest Eric Carle board for many more ideas.

Personal, social and emotional development.

  • Discuss how the children think the animals feel when people are looking at them.
  • Discuss if you could be any colour, what colour would you be and why?
  • Encourage children to choose their favourite animal and and use that template to make their own placemat. Include their name on the placemat so that they can use it during meals.
  • Go for a walk to feed the ducks.
  • Make different coloured sensory bags to play with.
  • Make different coloured sensory bottles to play with. Add glitter to the coloured water. These are really good for calming an angry child. They can shake the bottle to let off steam, and then sit calmly and watch until the glitter settles.
  • Think about what other animals you would like to see in the book, and what colour you would like them to be.
  • Make a bear feelings board. Make different 'emotion' faces to stick onto the board.
  • Make a story sack that children can help themselves to during free play.
  • Make each child a reward chart using one of the characters in the book. They could receive the same coloured sticker as the animal they chose.
  • Make a brown bear photo book for each child. Glue a picture of their face onto each animal in the story.
  • Find soft toys of the animals in the story to cuddle and play with.

Physical development.
  • Make some play dough mats of the characters in the story. If you make your own play dough then you could have the corresponding colour for each animal. click here to find my home-made play dough recipe.
  • Move around like the different animals in the book.
  • Threading around animal pictures.
  • Play 'run to the colour.' Someone has to shout out a colour and everyone else has to run to it.
  • Thread coloured pipe-cleaners through holes in the corresponding coloured animal picture.
  • Set up a sensory bin with coloured rice, coloured spoons, cups, pictures, animals....
  • Make some animal biscuits.
  • Make some magnetic animals to use on a magnetic board.
  • Play hook the duck.
  • Dance with different coloured streamers.
  • Stick a picture of each animal onto a large plastic bottle to make some fun skittles.
  • Blow up some coloured balloons.

Communication and language.
  • Put printed out words together to make a sentence from the story.
  • Make puppets of all the animals and retell the story.
  • Discuss with your children 'which is your favourite animal and why?'
  • Encourage children to talk about what their favourite colour is, and help them to listen to others when they are talking about their favourite colour.
  • Find and listen to the rhyming words in the story.
  • Turn the story into a song, and encourage children to clap the beat with you.
  • Try making different animal sounds.
  • Go on a 'sound walk'. Can you hear a dog?, a cat?...
  • Try and find your own rhyming words to different colours, animals. It doesn't really matter if there not real words as long as they rhyme.
  • In a group talk about if we have ever seen any of the animals that are featured in the book - are they our pets? have we seen them at the zoo?...

Literacy.
  • Colour in pictures of the characters from the story.
  • Practice writing 'colour' words in a variety of mediums; paint, sand, shaving foam...
  • Match the initial letter of the animal to the animal.
  • Match the animals name to their picture.
  • Trace over the animals name with your finger.
  • Make play dough mats of the animals names.
  • Use scrabble tiles to spell out the animals names, or the colours.
  • Use alphabet stampers to write the colours of the animals. You can print out these worksheets at doodle bug teaching.
  • colour by word sheets.
  • Make an alphabet line using the different characters in the story.
  • Create some sight words from the story. Encourage children to make their own sentences. Younger children could use the book for reference.
  • Make a colour book.
  • Make up a group poem about the different animals.
  • Encourage children to draw the animals from the story. Label the pictures for them.

Mathematics.
  • Match coloured counters to the corresponding coloured animal.
  • Put the animals in the correct sequence.
  • Play 'spin the colour' - children have to find something the same colour, and match it to the corresponding animal.
  • Play 'hide the coloured animal' - The children have to try and find them in the correct order.
  • Make a colour graph. See how many items children can find of each colour.
  • Make a number line using the animals from the story. 
  • Make the animals by using different shapes.
  • Put the animals from the story in order from smallest to biggest.
  • Colour in pictures of the animals. Cut them up and then try to put them back together.
  • Match the corresponding coloured pom pom to the animal.
  • Brown bear, brown bear bingo game.
  • Make patterns using different colours, or by using the animals in the story.
  • Supply different coloured baskets - include the picture of the corresponding coloured animal. Try adding duplo, pom poms, bean bags, plastic balls...
  • Make a graph of how many children like each animal.

Understanding the world.
  • Watch the story on YouTube. I quite like this singing version of the book. 
  • Label different parts of the animals.
  • Make some animal shadow puppets.
  • Make masks of all the animals - Encourage your children to 'act' as the animal on their mask.
  • Go for a nature walk. See what animals or colours you can find.
  • Try and find different foods that match the colours in the story. Encourage your children to try new foods.
  • Look at hibernation, and why bears hibernate.
  • Encourage children to scan or photocopy their work.
  • Film children taking part in the story - play it back to them.
  • Use the internet to find out more about the different animals in the story. Where they live, what they eat..
  • Match the animals to their natural habitat.
  • Research how big each animal in the story is. Compare the sizes of the animals to the children.
  • Go on a bear hunt. Take a camera with you and encourage your children to take photos of where they think the bear might be hiding.
  • Create a small world area with all the animals in it.
  • Provide non-fiction books on each of the animals in the story.

Expressive arts and design.
  • Colour in pictures of the different animals.
  • Make collage pictures of the different animals.
  • Draw a picture of yourself and your friends.
  • Make hand print animals.
  • Make thumb print animals.
  • Free painting in different coloured paint.
  • Make hats of different animals.
  • Use musical instruments to freely express the noise the animal might make when moving, jumping, sleeping, talking...
  •  Create a den that could be used for a bear, a large box for a dog kennel, a large blue sheet for a duck pond....
  • Glue string around the outline of animal pictures. You could use these for printing.

I hope you like this list and you manage to use some of the ideas. Please feel free to add your own ideas in the comments. I would love to hear them xx


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