At home theme day – Bears!

It sort of feels like we’re all hibernating…so why not have an at home BEARS theme day!


Simple activity to set up for toddlers and preschoolers supporting learning of names. Based on the classic theme of Teddy Bears.

Materials Needed

  • Construction Paper
  • Either Print out the bear paw print sheets or you could draw the bear paw prints out on a piece of paper
  • Marker


  • Print out or create enough bear paw prints for your child’s name, your name, (the names of everyone playing the game)
  • add in a few extra letters (for example:  Karen’s name – add other letters like b, d, p, q, o …….)
  • The more letters the harder you make it to make your child think harder about the letters seen and that they need to find. 
  • Cut out the bear paw prints and then write each letter of the names on a separate paw.
  • Lay the Bear Paw Prints on a flat surface upside down (so you can’t see the letters).


  • Take turns flipping over the cards….
  • Collect the cards with the letters that create your  names
  • The first one to find all of the prints to create their name wins!

This is a variation of the activity taken from:

Creative Arts  

Bear Mask – or any animal – What animal do you want to create?

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  • Blank Paper
  • Brown paint – the colour paint of your child’s choosing (animal dependant!)
  • Black marker
  • Glue
  • Black construction paper
  • Scissors


  • Have your child paint the paper with a brown paint (or any colour that your child wants to colour the animal)
  • Once dry…. Cut out the animal shape and cut eye shapes out of the now painted paper
  • Have your child (or you – depending on your ability to use scissors (use hand over hand method)) to cut out the  nose of the chosen animal and glue it on
  • Draw a mouth and whiskers on your animal!
  • Glue  a Popsicle stick to the bottom to make a mask

See more Bear crafts here.

Snack time!!!

Teddy bear bread is a fun, no cook snack for kids.  A simple food idea kids can cook themselves. Great for a teddy bears picnic or after school snack. A fun activity for a bear theme and to go with the book 'Time for Sleep' by Denise Fleming.

Teddy Bear Bread …. Ask your child:  “What other animals can we make with these ingredients?”

From Messy Little Monster


  • Bread
  • Your child’s favorite spread (wow butter/soy butter/apple butter, etc)
  • Banana
  • Raisins

Polar Bear Yogurt Snack …..Ask your child:  “What other animals can we make with these ingredients?”

From CBC Parents


  • a bowl of vanilla yogurt
  • 3 slices of banana
  • 3 fresh blueberries

Cooking Activity

Chocolate Bear Paws 

From Disney Family


  • Small heavy saucepan
  • Wooden spoon
  • Mixing bowls
  • Whisk
  • Electric mixer
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 6 ounces unsweetened chocolate, chopped into pieces
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 1/4 cups flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Slivered almonds (replace with broken cookie pieces)
  • Disposable food prep gloves (for shaping the cookies)
  • Spatula


  • Melt the butter and chocolate in a small heavy saucepan on the stove top over low heat, stirring continually. Set the melted chocolate aside to cool slightly.
  • Whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt in a medium-size mixing bowl. Set the mixture aside for now.    
  • In a large mixing bowl, beat the sugar and eggs together with an electric mixer at high speed until light and airy, about 3 or so minutes. Blend in the vanilla extract and semi-cooled chocolate.      
  • Stir the flour mixture into the chocolate mixture one half at a time. When the dough is evenly mixed (it will be fairly soft), cover the bowl with plastic and set it in the refrigerator for 3 to 4 hours.    
  • Heat the oven to 350 degrees F. For the first cookie, roll a 1-inch ball of dough for the front of the bear paw and a half-inch ball for the heel. Gently press the two balls together and set them atop the parchment paper-topped baking sheet. Flatten the dough a bit with your thumb. For claws, insert five slivered almonds partway into the dough at the front of the paw. Continue making cookies in this manner, spacing them apart on the baking sheet.    
  • Bake the cookies for 8 to 10 minutes and then transfer them to a rack to cool before serving.

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