Monday, December 9, 2013

Teddy Bear Picnic

In November I hosted a Teddy Bear Picnic at one of my library branches. The impetus of this program was the library's mascot (a huge stuffed bear named Walter) acquiring a picnic basket. The library assistant who looks after Walter asked me if we could have such an event. I though it was a great idea!

The kids were invited to bring a stuffed bear friend with them to the program. We started things off with the movement rhyme "Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear." I modified it to include several fun actions. We read Bear Feels Scared by Karma Wilson. Then did a flannel board activity involving a bear, some bees, a beehive, and lots of bandages. (I'll be blogging about this soon for Flannel Friday.)

Then I read Don't Worry, Douglas! by David Melling and we went on a "Cool Bear Hunt" courtesy of Dr. Jean. The next book I shared was If You Were a Panda Bear by Wendell & Florence Minor. We then danced to the action song "Rockabye Your Bear" by The Wiggles. We did Blue Ted Said on the flannel board.

I read Bear and Bee by Sergio Ruzzier. We played a find the honey pot game with the flannel board (a honey pot hiding behind one of five bears). The last book I shared was About a Bear by Holly Surplice.

After the storytime portion of the event, we played two games: food toss into a picnic basket (I used my crocheted food props: peanut, cheese, donut, and carrot.) and Pin the Bee on the Bear.

After the games, we moved onto the craft portion of the program. I discovered this sleeping bear craft from Storytime Katie's blog via Pinterest. It looked simple enough to duplicate so I did.

We had a snack of goldfish crackers, cookies, and kool-aid. As the kids left, I invited them to browse ourt bear book display and take a packet of coloring sheets I printed from Elizabeth Dulemba's Coloring Page Tuesdays.

This event was very successful (we had 17 children attend--a fantastic attendance for that particular branch) and I look forward to using it at my other branches.


Anna Galyon said...

The Bear in the "pin the bee on the bear" game is adorable! Did you draw it? Looks like a cool event. :)
Also, I hope you have a VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS! :)

Bridget R. Wilson said...

I used a coloring sheet as a guide. The same to you, Anna!