Sunday, November 8, 2015

Bears and Hibernation: Fun for the Little Ones

She Kissed the Bear on the Nose
John Bauer 1882-1918
Winter is a time of hibernation for many animals, including bears. If you are planning a lapsit program for our littlest listeners, here are a few ideas to help you on your way. These fingerplays and songs are found all over the Internet with no attribution, except for the Teddy Bears Picnic, published in 1907 by John Walter Bratton; it is now in the public domain.  Have fun with the wee ones!


Little Bear
Are you sleeping
Are you sleeping little bear
You will sleep all winter
Through the cold, cold winter, little bear
Are you sleeping, are you sleeping, little bear
You will wake in springtime, in the warm, warm springtime, little bear, little bear


Here is a Cave
Here is a cave. (bend fingers to form cave)
Inside is a bear. (put thumb inside fingers)
Now he comes out. (thumb out)
To get some fresh air.
He stays out all summer in sunshine and heat.
He hunts in the forest for berries to eat. (move thumb in circle)
When snow starts to fall he hurries inside.  (thumb goes back in fist)
His warm little cave and there he will hide.
Snow covers the cave like a fluffy white rug. (cover with other hand)
Inside the bear sleeps all cozy and snug.


Teddy Bear Teddy Bear
Teddy bear, teddy bear, turn around  (stand up and turn around once)
Teddy bear, teddy bear, touch the ground (bend knees and touch ground
Teddy bear, teddy bear, touch your shoe (touch shoe)
Teddy bear, teddy bear, that will do (bow from waist)
Teddy bear, teddy bear, march upstairs (march in place)
Teddy bear, teddy bear, say your prayers (fold hands in prayer)
Teddy bear, teddy bear, turn around (turn once)
Teddy bear, teddy bear, sit back down  (sit down again)

The Teddy Bear’s Picnic Song
If you go out in the woods today
You're sure of a big surprise.
If you go out in the woods today
You'd better go in disguise.

For every bear that ever there was
Will gather there for certain, because
Today's the day the teddy bears have their picnic.

Every teddy bear, that's been good
Is sure of a treat today
There's lots of wonderful things to eat
And wonderful games to play

Beneath the trees, where nobody sees
They'll hide and seek as long as they please
Today's the day the teddy bears have their picnic


Bright Hub Education: K-1: Hibernation

Teaching 2 and 3 Year Olds – Hibernating Bears in Preschool


Bear and Hibernation Books for Preschool

And if you are seeking some stories to share, curriculum and craft ideas, and more, head over to my blog from February of 2015.

The Bear Essentials: Folktales of Polar Bears and Their Cousins

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