Do you have a preschool bear theme or are you celebrating National Teddy Bear Day? These bear preschool activities and free printables are for you!
Give these activities and crafts a try after you read a bear book (our favorites are below) or while you are learning about bears. All of these ideas are simple, easy to implement, and fun!
This bear dice game is a fun way to practice number recognition and fine motor skills.
- Print it onto card stock.
- Have your student cut on each line to cut the pieces apart.
- Mix up the pieces.
- Roll a die.
- Whatever number you roll, find it and put that piece in front of you.
- When you have rolled all of the numbers and your bear puzzle is complete, you win!
This is a fun game to pair with other Brown Bear, Brown Bear activities!
Download the Bear Dice Game
The real life pictures of bears include grizzly bears, a panda bear, a polar bear, and a black bear. These puzzles are a great way to practice visual discrimination and to start conversations about different types of bears. Where does each type of bear live? What do the bears eat? How do they catch their food? There’s so much to learn about different species of bears.
Download the Bear Puzzles
Help the mama bear find its baby bear. Help the bear find fish to eat in these two preschool mazes. Laminate each maze and use a dry erase marker to help the bear. The dry erase marker is easy to erase if a child goes down the wrong path in the maze. Kids will have a great time solving each maze.
Download the Bear Mazes
In these We’re Going on a Bear Hunt Printables there’s a bear dot marker page that is perfect for your bear activities. It also includes an animal footprint matching/memory game
Corduroy Letter Matching focuses on literacy skills such as letter recognition and alphabetical order. These cute bears can also be used to spell children’s names after reading this classic story.
These little bears aren’t fuzzy, but they are a great thing to use in a bear themed unit. This is the perfect time to work on counting, patterning, and visual discrimination with the counting bear printables.
Toddler Approved made a hibernating bear sensory bin with these counting bears and a cardboard tube. This is another great way to use these bear manipulatives.
Favorite Bear Books
Young children love to curl up with a great book. Here are some of our favorite books with bears. (Amazon affiliate links)
Bear Snores On by Karma Wilson
Paddington Bear Collection by Michael Bond
Goldilocks and the Three Bears by Caralyn Buenner
The Bear Went Over the Mountain by Iza Trapani
Brown Bear, Brown Bear What Do You See? By Bill Martin Jr. and Eric Carle
Fun Bear Crafts
Little Bright Sparks shows you how to make a tea bag painting of a brown bear. Draw the shape of the bear for your students and let them stamp the tea bag to paint. What a cool experience to paint with tea bags!
Brown Bear Paper Plate Mask from JDaniel4sMom. All you need is construction paper, paint, and a paper plate.
Ready for a fuzzy brown bear craft? Try this paper bag bear puppet from Coffee Cup and Crayons. It is simple to make and fun to play with.
Teddy Bear Activities
- Have a teddy bear picnic! Spread out a large blanket and eat fun snacks with your favorite teddy bears.
- Arrange your teddy bears in order from largest to smallest.
- Have a birthday party for your favorite teddy bear.
- Try a gummy bear science experiment like they did at Playdough to Plato.