Copyright 2004 Nancy Stewart
I have sung this simple song many times
with classes and concert audiences, and it’s always a hit! Use this song
anytime, and especially you are doing a unit on bears. You can begin each
day with the song. You can make very simple or more elaborate props. Under
are some ideas to get you started. Use your imagination and have fun!
Bears, bears, bears,
So many kinds of bears
Pick a letter, then tell me
What kind of bear you see
Print out the Bear Pictures and cut out the bears. There
are drawings and photographs so you can choose either depending on the ages
of your children. Put one letter on each of 5 different colors of
construction paper, and put one letter on each so that together they spell
“bears”. Glue one bear picture on the back of each. As you sing the song,
let children choose one letter. Then turn it over and have them name the
kind of bear. Of course, if you glue the bears on, the children will quickly
remember which bear is on which letter! If you plan to do the song over
several days, use one of the ideas below so you can change which bear goes
with each letter.
Put one letter of the word “bears” in each of five envelopes. Put one
picture of a bear in each envelope. As children choose the letter in the
song, you or they can take the bear out.
Decorate boxes or cans with the letters and put plastic or paper bears
Same as above, but write down facts about each bear and place in the cans or
boxes. Take one out and read after naming each bear. Older children can read
the facts out loud.