Simple and easy activities sometimes have the greatest effect with kids and if you can get it to match a favorite topic of theirs then you are onto a winner. This week for Virtual Book Club for Kids we have a theme that works well with children wherever they are Bears and I’m focusing on one of the basics of learning to read. Children will often learn to read their own names first out of all of the words. I remember when J and T started to recognize it when it was written or would sound it out breaking it down into the blends and phonemes that make them up. So today we have a simple to set up and easy to do activity for helping children learn to read and spell their names.
Either Print out the bear paw print sheets or you could draw the bear paw prints out on a piece of paper
Teddy Bear (optional)
Print out or create enough bear paw prints for your child’s name as they get old add in a few extra’s for example J’s name has a b in it so I would at some point add a – d so make him think about the letters used.
Cut out the bear paw prints and then write each letter of their name on a separate print.
Lay the Bear Paw Prints on a flat surface.
Building Bear Paw Print Names
We sat and started with the first letter – with very young children you could point out the letter on an alphabet chart – you can get our Bear Paw Print Alphabet chart for free this week which when hole punched and hung up is a great way to support your child’s recognition of letters.
We then placed it on the left-hand side of the table and then worked on the next letter of their name.
It sometimes works to break down the name into the individual sounds however, these may not correspond with the letters in the name if that is the case then go for letters in their names.
Using a soft toy you can get the soft toy to walk down the name saying each letter as they go to spell the name to your child.
When you have finished why not glue their name onto a piece of card stock and hang up for them so that they can see their name spelt out easily.
Bear Books for Toddlers and Preschoolers
As in every post we share some other fun books related to the theme to add to your book basket for the week. This week’s featured book is Time for Sleep by Denise Flemming
Other favourites to add to the book basket are:
We’re going on a bear hunt by Michael Rosen
The Little Mouse, the Red Ripe Strawberry, and the Big Hungry Bear by Don and Audrey Wood
The Bear’s Winter House by John Yoeman
Brown Bear Brown Bear What do you See by Bill Martin Jr
Bear Themed Activities and Crafts for Kids
Each week along with our Book list for your book basket as part of the Virtual Book Club for Kids we share activities and crafts on the theme in a lesson plan so that you can join in too. The Virtual Book Club for Kids run’s weekly and you can join our Facebook Group to keep up to date with the themes, books and activities each week.
Literacy Bear Themed Activities
Bear Paw Names YOU ARE HERE
Upper and Lower Case Bear Matching Puzzles from Sea of Knowledge
Bear Paw Alphabet Tracks from Inspiration Laboratories
Numeracy Bear Themed Activities
Sorting Bears Big, Medium and Small from My Storytime Corner
Colour Games for Kids from JDaniel4’s Mom
Build a Shape Bear from To Be a Kid Again
Printable Hide and Seek Bear Game from The Educators’ Spin On It
Bear Themed Recipes
Bear Paw Cookies from Clare’s Little Tots
Teddy Bear Bread from Messy Little Monsters
Bear Crafts and Ideas for Play
Three Easy Bear Themed Crafts and Activities for Kids from Toddler Approved
Preschool Bear Craft (Painting) from Preschool Powol Packets
Bear Brain Breaks from Sugar Aunts
Dress up Bears and Bear Themed Learning from Mama Smiles