Teddy bears’ picnic: All about teddies

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By Sharon Campbellearly years practitioner, after-school club manager and freelance writer.

Extend your ‘Teddy bears’ picnic’ theme with these activities focusing on teddies

Clay teddy bear

Clay teddy

Make a teddy bear from clay

Physical Development

Using Equipment and Materials

Development matters: begin to make, and manipulate, objects and tools (16-26 months); explore malleable materials by patting, stroking, poking, squeezing, pinching and twisting them (40-60+months).

Early learning goal: handle tools, objects, construction and malleable materials safely and with increasing control.

What you need

Group size: small groups.

Photographs or pictures of teddy bears; modelling clay; clay tools, paint; ribbon.

What to do

Look at the picture of the teddy bears together. Invite each child to select a teddy bear that they would like to represent in clay.

Introduce the various tools and demonstrate their use. Give the children some clay and encourage them to spend time exploring the tools and techniques. Show how to manipulate the clay to create a teddy bear body and head shape, and then help the children to do the same.

As the children create their teddies, encourage them to talk about what they can see in the picture of their chosen teddy, and how they are creating the shapes and patterns using their hands and the tools. Once their teddy shape is created, ask the children to place the arms and legs in the appropriate position.

Counting bears

Counting bears

Match the number of bears to the number card

Problem Solving, Reasoning and Numeracy

Numbers as Labels and for Counting

Development matters: recognise groups with one, two or three objects (30-50 months); begin to count beyond 10 (40-60+months).

Early learning goal: count reliably up to ten everyday objects.

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