One of our favourite themes from last winter’s virtual book club for kids was bears – we created a fun way using bear paws to learn to read and spell names. This year we are revisiting the theme of bears and the featured book Bear Snores On by Karma Wilson with a really easy hands-on maths activity for ordering and sorting using some of the bears from the soft toy collection. So here it is our Teddy Bear Ordering and Sorting Activity perfect for toddlers and preschoolers. Don’t forget to check down to the end of the instructions where we will share some additional activities for the virtual book club for kids team on the theme of bears.
Bear Snores On by Karma Wilson
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Materials needed for Teddy Bear Ordering and Sorting
A selection of bears from the soft toy collection to do this on a large scale…
OR you could use a set of bear family counters which come in different colours and sizes and would be ideal to use if you wanted to set this up in a math centre.
- To be able to sort objects into different Categories e.g. size, colour, shape
- To be able to order objects smaller to largest and largest to smallest
More Activities that work on these Learning Outcomes on different themes
How to go about Ordering and Sorting Teddy Bears with Toddlers and Preschoolers
Once you have a collection of bears you can start to sort them into groups first of all.
Look at the bears you have and make a decision on what sort of grouping you could have we went with
- By size
- Type of fur
- Colour of fur
- Whether or not they had clothes or not
Move the teddies into the different sorts – if you want to get your kids active at the same time why not position some hula hoops and ask your child/children to go and place the bears in the groupings inside the hoops.
With the bears sorted as many ways as possible it’s time to order them – ask the children for ways in which you could order them
- size – big to small
- size – small to big
- colours of the rainbow
- from dark to light
- old to new
- new to old
Then order them placing first where they think they should go and then moving them into different places until they have the ordered correctly.
Virtual Book Club for Kids
The Virtual Book Club for Kids is a weekly toddler and preschool based series which features hands-on activities, crafts and recipes based on popular themes using children’s story and picture books to engage and connect books and learning in the early years.
You can find all the coming books here in our January to February Book Selection for Toddlers and Preschoolers and check out the main Virtual Book Club for Kids page for all this year’s books and activities so far.
If you would like to join along with us each week connecting and creating hands-on learning experiences then you can join our Book Based Activities News Letter for Toddlers and Preschooler and get updates every Monday. You will also receive access to any playable resources plus the book lists moving forward and get all this year’s book list straight to your inbox today when you join.
On Facebook we also have a fantastic group where we share the Weekly Themes and Activities and connect with other parents, educators and carers to enhance the week’s theme further. Come and join us over there and see what we’re doing this week.
More Bear Based Activities for Toddlers and Preschoolers
This week’s host and co-hosts have created these additional bear themed activities and crafts for toddlers and preschoolers
Teddy Bear Ordering and Sorting – You Are Here!
Bear Cave Alphabet Game – Inspiration Laboratories
Printable Bear Counting Activity – The Educator’s Spin on It
Bear Snores on Snack Time – My Storytime Corner
Bear Dreamed About Colours, Printable Book to Colour – J Daniel 4’s Mom
Bear Themed Play Dough Mats – Preschool Powol Packets
Hibernating Bear Craft – Still Playing School
Building Shapes and More Bear Themed Learning – Mama Smiles
Easy Paper Bag Bear Mask for Kids to Make – Toddler Approved
Pin this Bear Themed Maths Activity to do later
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