My girls and the family day care children are absolutely obsessed with the story and song “We’re going on a bear hunt” lately.
They are also showing a lot of interest in the concepts of big and small, counting to 10 and grouping colours.
So when my new barrel of coloured teddy bear counters arrived in the mail I knew they would be the perfect resource to practise all of the above!
I wanted to see where the children’s interests led them without to much provocation so all I got out was some teddies (making sure to include numerous sizes and all 4 primary colours), added some plastic containers and tools such as big and small spoons and a few small tongs and of course some goop.
They all played with the bears in different ways at different stages. Ruby preferred to stick with her chosen colour of red while Tara enjoyed mixing them up to create more of a challenge.
The large tongs were even harder for little hands to master but they kept trying.
I’m still working on Ruby’s grip. This is how she is still holding a spoon (photo below) until prompted to turn her hand over. By gripping this way she doesn’t have as much control over the spoon, the things she needs to pick up and her coordination. We are slowly getting there with the use of lots of fine motor activities such as this one!
Some of the ways I extended the learning and play possibilities with this activity..
- I asked the children to follow directions and find the bear that matched my description e.g “Find me the small yellow bear please”
- I asked if they could pick up a certain number of bears and count as they put them into their bowls.
- I asked them to find “All the yellow bears”
- I asked them if they could make their bears swim through the mud.
- I asked them to pick up only with the small spoons (or large)
- I asked them to pick up and put back using only the tongs.
- I asked them to line up a simple pattern of bears (blue, yellow, red, blue,yellow, red)
- I asked them to help me wash the bears, tongs and spoons when we had finished play.