“Brown bear, brown bear, what do you see?” I see ENGAGED, EXCITED kids looking at me! Your students will love this brown bear craft for preschool that pairs beautifully with Bill Martin, Jr.’s classic book. Eric Carle’s illustrations are sure to inspire the inner artist in all of your kiddos. You’re going to love it, too, because it’s an easy paper plate craft that doesn’t require a lot of prep or supplies.
Paper Plate Crafts for Kids:
PAINTING AND CREATING WITH PRESCHOOLERS
PRESCHOOL CRAFTS ARE AN INTEGRAL PART OF ANY SCHOOL DAY BECAUSE THEY PROVIDE NUMEROUS BENEFITS FOR YOUNG EXPLORERS.
Easy crafts for toddlers and preschoolers give kids an opportunity to work on fine motor skills, creativity, problem-solving, following directions, and more valuable life skills.
This adorable paper plate animal craft is a great opportunity to teach about adding texture to paintings by using different methods of applying the paint (ie., plastic forks).
After sharing the, “Brown Bear,” book with students, extend the bear theme by creating the brown bear book craft.
The project includes opportunities to paint, cut, glue, trace, and color! (I heart crafty fine motor development)
In addition to creating the”Brown Bear, Brown Bear,” craft, you can get them talking and/or writing with some fun language activities:
- What color is the bear/bird/duck/horse/etc.?
- On each page, ask, “What do YOU see?” Children can respond with, “I see a white dog/etc.”
- Include the children during the read-aloud by asking them to mimic the sound of each animal on the page.
- Practice sequencing by reviewing the order of animals spotted.
What Can Preschoolers Learn from the Brown Bear, Brown Bear Paper Plate Craft?
ART with preschoolers
TALKING ABOUT ART PROJECTS IS A GREAT OPPORTUNITY FOR CHILDREN TO PRACTICE SPEAKING AND LISTENING. STUDENTS CAN ANSWER QUESTIONS LIKE:
What did you make?
How did you make the ears/face/etc.?
What was your favorite/least favorite part of this project?
Was it challenging to paint? Cut? Draw?
Developing Skills with the Brown Bear Paper Plate Craft
Besides the fact that kids love arts and crafts projects, there are so many other reasons you should do art and craft activities with your child.
How To Make the Brown Bear Brown Bear Craft Idea
Crafting with preschoolers
THE BROWN BEAR, BROWN BEAR CRAFT FOR TODDLERS AND PRESCHOOLERS COMES TOGETHER QUICKLY, BEFORE ANYONE LOSES INTEREST! CHILDREN CAN WORK ON THE EARS, NOSE, AND MOUTH WHILE THE FACE PAINT DRIES.
- Pour a small amount of paint onto the center of the plate.
- Press the fork into the paint (curved side down). Spread the paint out toward the edges of the paint by pulling the fork across the plate. Add more paint to the center as needed.
- Continue the step above around the paper plate until the paper plate has brown paint all around it.
Set the paper plate aside to dry.
- On the brown construction paper, trace the bottom of a cup two different times to make two different
circles. These will be the bear’s ears.
- Cut out the two circles. Draw two circles in the ears and color them black.
- Trace one more larger circle by using the top of the cup. Cut the circle out. Using the black marker, draw a nose and mouth for the bear in this larger brown circle.
- Glue the ears to the top of the paper plate.
- Attach the googly eyes, then glue the nose and mouth.
Liquid glue works best for googly eyes to stay put in the long run!
Consider attaching a large craft stick/paint stirrer to the bottom of the plate for role playing fun!
Other Ways To Extend the Brown Bear Craft:
Once the project is dry, encourage kids to role play by using the bear face as a mask to cover their own face to answer the question, “Brown bear, brown bear, what do you see?”
Change the Medium
Use brown and tan tissue paper squares and watered-down glue to cover the paper plate instead of brown paint.
Color Matching Activity
Provide a mat with the colors of each animal that appears in the book. Then, ask students to place cutout pictures of the animals onto the correct color.
Include small animal figurines of the animals in the book for students to find. They can sequence them according to the order they appeared in the book.
Work on counting skills by referring to the last page of the book and counting all the animals.
Share Another Book
Continue learning about animals with Bill Martin, Jr. by sharing his book, “Baby Bear, Baby Bear, What Do You See?”
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