Opening: Shake My Sillies Out – Raffi
Book: It’s the Bear – Jez Alborough
(This is pretty adorable, the kids had a good time with it.)
(It took a little while for the kids to warm up to this, I think it works better later in the program, but it was still fun!)
Book: Bears on Chairs – Shirley Parentheau
(It might have just been my brain, but this felt a bit long, or maybe it was just the pacing. The kids stayed engaged for the whole thing, and the illustrations are adorable!)
Activity: The Cool Bear Hunt
(from the CD Dr. Jean Sings Silly Songs)
We’re going on a bear hunt,
We’re going to catch a big one!
Big green eyes, fuzzy little tail.
Candy Factory – eat through it
Peanut Butter River – swim across it
Jell-O swamp – wiggle through it
Cave – go through it, and find the bear!
(This was a good time.)
Book: …the Big Hungry Bear – Don and Audrey Wood
(Always goes over well, a cute story with lovely pictures.)
Activity: Where is Bear?
(Slightly less enthusiastic group than I've had with this before, but that just means they were manageable!)
Where is bear? Where is bear?
Here I am. Here I am.
How are you this winter?
Very tired, thank you.
Go to sleep. Go to sleep.
Book: Snow Bears – Martin Waddell
(I thought this might be a bit too long for our last story, but the kids stayed engaged, and giggled throughout!)
(We ended the program by letting the kids be 'snow bears' in our bubble blizzard!)