Bears All Around

Bears All Around

The children particularly enjoyed the ‘Mr Wolf and the Three Bears’ book we had out when reading ‘Mr Wolf’s Pancakes‘ and this lead to lots of ‘bear’ play. I set up lots of opportunities linked with bears of some kind and we’ve had a fabulous couple of weeks. Here are some of the activities we’ve explored…


Porridge Play

First we just enjoyed exploring dry oats…

Porridge oats play from Rachel (",)

Then we added water…

Porridge oats and water - from Rachel (",)

It took a long time to clear up!! Lovely gross motor work though!

Porridge oats and water clean-up! - from Rachel (",)


Montessori Tray

Number recognition, counting and mark making in tea leaves (bears love tea with their picnics, you know!)…

Number recognition, counting and mark making in tea leaves - from Rachel (",)


Three Bears Inspired Maths Play

Three Bears inspired maths area - from Rachel (",)


Polar Bear Play

Lovely discussions about the reflections as well as storying…

Polar Bear Play - from Rachel (",)


Fine Motor Fun

Threading laminated bears…

Threading Bears - from Rachel (",)

Scooping tea leaves…

Scooping tea leaves - from Rachel (",)


Light Panel

Bears, counters and 3D shapes…

Bears, counters and 3D shapes on the light panel - from Rachel (",)


Teddy Bear’s Picnic

Teddy Bear's Picnic - from Rachel (",)


Sensory Bear Story Basket

I’ve done this before, with great success, so decided to re-make some sensory bottles to go with the ‘We’re Going on a Bear Hunt’ story. Super, super popular!

We're Going on a Bear Hunt sensory story-telling basket - from Rachel (",)


Bears on the OHP

Play dough cutters and magnetic discs…

Three Bears on the OHP - from Rachel (",)


Panda Bear Play

I’ve done similar to this a few times now and it’s always popular (tray from TTS)…

Panda Play - from Rachel (",)

Panda Bear Play - from Rachel (",)

One little boy was so taken with the Panda Bear book I had put on the table, that he took it to the writing area and drew some Pandas…

Independent Panda Bear drawing - from Rachel (",)


Threading Beads and Buttons

For a tree in the bear’s forest…

Threading beads and buttons - from Rachel (",)

A couple of the boys decided to hang threaded pipe-cleaners onto threaded pipe-cleaners. They called them ‘dingly danglies’…

Threading and hanging beads and buttons - from Rachel (",)


Bear Dough

Bear dough - from Rachel (",)


Independent Maths Games

Bears and a game board... from Rachel (",)


Bears in the Construction Area

I added a basket of bears to the construction area and this is what happened…

Bears in the construction area - from Rachel (",)


Outdoor Cooking

The bears need to eat! (We’ve received a gorgeous new kitchen from Newby Leisure since these pics were taken, I’ll share that on here soon – although you may have already seen it on my Instagram page.)

Cooking outdoors - from Rachel (",)


Red Riding Hood

They loved the Red Riding Hood story telling characters we’d previously had out so much, that I put them together for them to continue to enjoy…

Little Red Riding Hood story telling - from Rachel (",)


Thanks for reading!

Bear books basket from Rachel (",)

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– Rachel (“,)

Adding loose parts to a puzzle - from Rachel (",)

Bear T-Shirt - from Rachel (",)


  1. Bonjour. Ou avez-vous acheté les petits ours bruns ? Merci

    • Le mien est venu du centre ‘Early Excellence’ (UK) il ya des années. Essayez de chercher ‘Sylvanian Bears’ pour quelque chose de similaire.

  2. These are brilliant ideas tumbling out of one simple thread. I am sure if you put all these ideas into a book it would be a best seller!
    Do you do one or two areas at a time or is the whole class set out with bear learning?

    • Ah, thank you, Kathryn! 🙂
      The whole class was set up with bear learning in this case. Sometimes I also have smaller baskets or activities to cater for additional specific interests.

  3. Wonderful post once again, Rachel! Such terrific and inspirational ideas. Thank you for posting.

    • Thanks for the lovely comment, Rosa! 🙂

  4. So much about this that I absolutely LOVE! Thankyou so much for sharing!!

    • You’re welcome, Naamah! Thanks for the lovely comment! 🙂


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