My kids and I love the Bear and Friends books by Karma Wilson.  The stories are gentle and applicable to kids, while the rhymes are sweets and easy to read.  During this Christmas season, the kids always anticipate our annual unboxing of holiday books.  They were so happy this year to add “Bear Stays Up for Christmas” to our collection.

Bear Stays up for Christmas Montessori Inspired 3 Part Cards and some simple activity suggestions to use them with your preschoolers

Bear Stays Up Late for Christmas by Karma Wilson

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In “Bear Stays Up,” Bear’s friends wake him to celebrate Christmas with them.  After completing a series of traditional holiday activities, the friends finally allow the poor bear to go back to
sleep.  It’s a book every parent can understand and every kid will love.

Storybook Advent

I’m pleased to participate in this kids’ activity series on Rainy Day Mum with other blogging moms.  As a homeschool mom, I’m always looking for more ways to encourage learning with my kids, especially using things that they already love like books.  When I was given the opportunity to put together an activity for “Bear Stays Up for Christmas,” I decided to take on the challenge.

Montessori 3 Part Cards

When I first looked into homeschooling, I liked many things about the Montessori method.  Although we never went full Montessori, we still use many of the ideas, including 3-part cards.  The cards consist of two copies of identical cards, which have a real to life picture on them and a label.  One set of cards is left whole (picture and label) while the second set is cut apart to separate the picture from the label.  Kids can match the picture to the label and use the intact set as a control to check their work.  It’s a great way for kids to practice reading and spelling and learn vocabulary words.

bear and friends 3 part cards to use with the book Bear Stays Up Late for Christmas by Karma Wilson

Since I have quite a few 3-PART PRINTABLES on my blog already, I thought I’d make a set of cards to go with the “Bear Stays Up” book.  Instead of using artwork from the book or other cartoons, I am following the Montessori recommendation to use pictures of real animals.  The cards contain all the animal friends from the book and a few more words from the story.

Materials Needed for your Bears Stays Up Late for Christmas 3 Part Cards

Download and Print the 3-Part Bear Stays Up for Christmas Cards scroll down to find the link to download these cards

Ideas for Using the 3-Part-Cards with Kids

Activity ideas for using the 3 part bear and friends cards inspired by Bear Stays up for Christmas

Kids can use the cards with scrabble tiles or magnetic letters to practice spelling the words.

They could match them with plastic animals like the ones from Wild Republic, or Safari Ltd.

They can also write the words in a salt tray (another Montessori staple) or use them as a vocabulary bank to write their own Bear and Friends story.

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From my family to yours, Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays.

bear and friends Montessori Inspired 3 part cards for the book Bear Stays Up for Christmas

Missy P. is a blogger at In Our Pond, where she writes about homeschooling, adoption, and crafting for kids.
She and her husband have three kids, Dragonfly (7), Skimmer (6), and Tadpole (5).
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Bear Stays up for Christmas Montessori Inspired 3 Part Cards and some simple activity suggestions to use them with your preschoolers

Cerys Parker

Cerys is a marine biologist, environmental educator, teacher, mum, and home educator from the UK. She loves getting creative, whether it is with simple and easy crafts and ideas, activities to make learning fun, or delicious recipes that you and your kids can cook together you'll find them all shared here on Rainy Day Mum.

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