- crayons and markers
- materials for decoration, like crepe-paper streamers and pipe cleaners
- paper plates
- paper cups
- snack foods
- iced tea
Objective: Children will use creative-thinking and problem-solving skills to plan a party for play bears.
To Prepare: Gather together materials for invitations and decorations.
Warm-Up: Invite children to share stories about stuffed bears or other favorite animals they have at home. Encourage them to tell about their animals and what they imagine the animals' likes and dislikes to be.
1. Invite children to plan a party for Teddy Bears and other animals from home. Encourage them to share party-making ideas. Chart ideas, and make choices as a group about invitations, party favors, decorations, and treats.
2. Ask children to paint, color, or decorate invitations made of construction paper. The invitation itself can be written or dictated, and the group can decide on the wording together. Children can hand deliver the invitations to their favorite animals after school.
3. Invite children to work together in small groups to make party favors and decorations, set the tables, and prepare a party snack on the morning of the tea.
4. Assemble the bears and other animals together for the party! Invite each child to introduce her animal to everyone. Gather all together at the tables for snacking and chatting.
Remember: Children might feel uncomfortable leaving their animal alone when they go outside for playtime. Create a protected area for animals to rest before and after the party!
Tip: In case children have forgotten to bring in their animal - or do not wish to bring a favorite animal to school - be sure to have some extra animal guests in the room to invite at the last minute.
Spin-Offs: Take a picture of each child and his animal. Create a class book about the children's at-home toy animals. Make a tape of each child introducing and telling about his animal to accompany the book in a listening center Share poems about bears and other animals with children.
You can never have enough books about Teddy Bears!
Corduroy by Don Freeman
Teddy Bear's Picnic by Jimmy Kennedy
This Is the Bear by Sarah Hayes