The toddler twosome have been enjoying some fun with our new felt teddy bears…there are so many ways to practise new skills with a simple felt teddy bear!
I have had a version of these little teddy bears for over 10 years but they were getting a little worn (as you'd expect!) so i decided to make a few new ones for the girls to enjoy.
They really are so simple to do, just draw yourself a little teddy template (or there are many free on the net to find) trace, cut out and glue together. You will need to do 2 for each stick so you are able to glue the sides together with a stick in the middle. These are just some cheap craft sticks but you could use whatever you have lying around that could be used as a handle. Glue on some eyes and you are nearly done.
I added a little face with black marker…I'm not exactly an artist as you can see but trust me…toddlers don't care so don't let it stop you from having a go! I also glued on a few little shirts from different coloured felt…you don't have to do this but it does extend the learning options!
Now we are ready to play!
I left a few of the teddies without shirts on one side so i could ask the girls to show me teddies' FRONT (with shirt) and BACK (or rudey side as Tara called it)!
They are fantastic for practising position and following directions…..Can you put teddies BEHIND your back?
Where's your BELLYBUTTON? This one actually cracked them up and was very popular!
Incorporate a little singing too…Here we were having fun with ‘Heads, Shoulders, Knees and Toes!”
Of course they are also a fun learning tool for colour recognition….Can Tara show me the RED teddy? Who has the GREEN teddy?
And basic counting too…How many teddies does Ruby have? Let's count them together….
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