Bears

Bears are always a good choice for fall storytimes, so I decided to do a bear theme this week.

The first book I chose was Welcome Home, Bear by Il Sung Na. This is such a beautiful book, but it was a little long, and a little over the heads of the very young kiddos that I get for this storytime. I actually ended up cutting this book from the line-up for the second storytime. If you have older kids however, I would definitely recommend this one for bear storytime!

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Next we sang and danced to “Rock-a-Bye Your Bear” by the Wiggles. I made little bears on sticks that we rocked to sleep. This was so much fun!

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Next we kept our bears, and did the song, “Put Your Bear” that I found on The Libraryann.

Put your bear on your head, on your head

Put your bear on your head, on your head

Swing your bear around and jump up and down

Put your bear on your head, on your head

on your knee

on your toe

on your tummy

We followed up our bear dances with Make a Wish Bear by Greg Foley. I love Foley’s Bear stories, and this one was a real gem. The kiddos got to laugh at and even try some of the silly actions, and all of the adults gave a big “awwwww” at the ending. All around enjoyable!

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Our song cube was next. This weeks song choices were:

  1. The Itsy Bitsy Spider
  2. The Grand Old Duke of York
  3. ABC’s
  4. Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear
  5. Baby Bumble Bee
  6. The Bear Went Over the Mountain

Our last book of storytime was The Little Mouse, The Red Ripe Strawberry, and the Big Hungry Bear by Don and Audrey Wood. Even though there is no actual bear in this story, the Big Hungry Bear plays an important role, so it fit well with what we were doing. We have a big book version of this, so the kiddos got a really good look at all the different things the little mouse was doing.

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We finished up storytime by “Going on a Bear Hunt”. I used the Mr. Eric and Mr. Michael version of this song, and it was a lot of fun making our way through the different terrains.

You can’t go wrong with bears.

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