“Bear Wants More”

Bear Wants More by Karma Wilson is an adorable book for spring.

It describes how Bear wakes up from his winter hibernation and is ravenous with hunger. He wants more and more to eat.

Why do I recommend this book? It has:

  • Rich vocabulary words such as lair, nibbles, feast, den, raven, romp, pries
  • The predictable text encourages your child to interact and respond to the story.
  • Rhyming words
  • Science – hibernation
  • Social skills – you can discuss feelings, helping others, friendship

By the end of the story Bear is very happy!

Let’s make a bear.

Supplies needed: dry, used coffee grounds, glue stick or liquid glue, foam shapes, marker, construction paper, paper plate,  glue dots. 

I traced around a small measuring cup to make circles on construction paper. Have your preschooler cut the circles out, then affix ears, wiggle eyes, and nose into place using glue dots. Glue dots can be found in the scrap-booking aisle at Walmart.  They are very sticky. Spread on the wonderful purple glue stick.

Spread the glue around with your fingers so that the plate is thoroughly coated. I didn’t do this as you can see below. Or you could used liquid glue. I am snowbound at home today, so I used a glue stick since that is what is on hand. Sprinkle on the coffee grounds and shake off of the excess.

I’m not really impressed with the cute factor of this activity. Plus it is a little more structured than what is ideal. But it does improve skills and meet objectives such as:

  • Connect to the story
  • Improve fine motor skills
  • Provide sensory input. The coffee grounds have a wonderful aroma and fine texture.
  • Sequencing and attention to task
  • Spending time with your child
  • Working together to complete a task
  • Having fun together :)

If you have any bear crafts or activities please feel free to share them!

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12 comments to “Bear Wants More”

  • Oh, your bear turned out awesome. We’ll have to see if our library has that book. Chloe has really been enjoying pointing out words that rhyme lately :)

  • Good for Chloe!! Thanks for stopping by and your kind words.

  • RanchWife

    My boys LOVED the messiness and adventure of this project! They have their OWN standard for cuteness. Great craft!

  • My children LOVE the Bear books. My 18 month old loves the repeating parts and knows exactly when to say Bear wants more!.

  • Oh, I think it turned out cute! Like you said though, all the things that happen in the process are so important. We love bear and his friends.

  • JDaniel4's Mom

    You covered a lot of metacognitive skills in the bear project! If I were a bear I would sleep through all that snow too.

    Thanks for linking to Read.Explore.Learn.

  • @RanchWife – I am often very thankful that kids have their own standard of cuteness. The learning and enjoyment of the process is what makes an activity ‘good’. :)

    @Julie- I so agree; they are wonderful. The fact that an 18 month old knows the story and can join in speaks volumes about the quality of the books.

    @Little Wonders – Thank you! I love them too They are a great bunch of friends. :)

    @ JDaniel4′s Mom – Thanks for the linky. They are such a wealth of information and resources.

  • Fun idea!! If spring ever comes around I plan to do a spring theme… hoping it gets here soon!

  • Oh what a lovely lovely bear! I like very much!! How cute!!! And I want MORE from your site :-)

    Maggy
    (PS Thank you for linking up to Kids Get Crafty! Fabulous to see you there!)

  • @Melanie – Oh I so understand! Even though there’s a few flurries tonight a crocus is starting to ‘burst forth’ in my garden…which gives me hope that spring is near. :)
    @Maggy – Thank you for your sweet words and for stopping by!

  • This is a very neat craft to go with a book. We love Karma Wilson stories here. Thanks for joining WMCIR!

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