Brown bear, brown bear by Eric Carle
This classic book is loved by families and early learning centres across the world. The simple and repetitive text makes it easy for children to memorise and join in on the story telling. Pinterest is overflowing with people's ideas for activities linked to this book, so we are only going to share our own very simple set of colour based invitations to play.
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⚈ 1 Play ideas ⚈ 2 Classroom Activities ⚈ 3 Links to more Resources
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Invitation to Play Age 1+
If you are unfamiliar with this term, it is pretty much like it sounds! Leave out either a random or intentional set of toys as an invitation to a child. We looked at this book all week long and each day focused on a new colour. It was super easy to set up by just gathering things that are the same colour. Try to include objects that might initiate different types of activities from building to role play to art etc. We always include some kind of food as well, because our little ones always appreciate a snack!
To see a bit more of each day, follow these links to our Instagram page.
Red, Yellow, Green, Green 2, Blue
Recommended resource - Age 2+
We found this game in a second hand store and snapped it up right away. It features all the beautiful animals from this book as well from Carle's other books. The playing cards help children learn the difference between upper and lower case letters as well as the alphabet itself. A wonderful preschool game. Pictured here is the 'travel' version, but we have the full size board game and love it.
- Research animals from your local area and make your own version of the book
- Have each student draw a picture of another student (or a self portrait) and make a class using yourselves instead of animals
- Research habitats and make different books full of animals from specific habitats
It would probably take me longer to sift through all the Eric Carle resources out there, than it took to build this whole website. So I will just say head to Pinterest! There are so many amazingly creative ideas on there for this book.
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