Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Teddy Bear Love Kids Craft: Project #16 of 300 Crafts for Kids in 2011

KIDS CRAFTS PROJECT #16: Teddy Bear Love Kids Craft
Crafts for all abilities!
for Ages 3 Years and Up
Mama Bear, Baby Bear, and Papa Bear!
A Perfect Valentine's Day Decoration

Supplies Needed:
  • Large Paper Plate (for Mama or Papa Bear)
  • Paper Bowl  or Small Paper Plate (for Baby Bear)
  • White Glue
  • Tan Construction Paper or Cardboard
  • Brown Colored Sand or Brown Glitter (optional)
  • White Cupcake Holders (optional)
  • 6 Large Googly Eyes
  • Red, Blue, and Yellow Poster Paint
  • 9 Foam Heart Stickers or Red and Pink Construction Paper
  • 1-3 Red pipe cleaners
  • Foam paint brush
  • Newspaper (to keep work area neat)
Time Needed:
15 - 30 Minutes plus drying time

What To Do:
  1. Put the paper plates on your work surface with the curved side up.
  2. Figure out how to make brown paint if you don't have any!
    HINT:
    1 part Red + 1 part Blue + 1/2 part Yellow worked for us!
    Poster Paint

  3. Paint the entire top side of each paper plate with the brown paint.

    Freshly painted plate

  4. Let dry completely (as much as several hours)
  5. Use white glue to apply googly eyes about half way down the plate.

  6. Use a can of soda to trace a circle onto cardboard (or tan construction paper) for the snout. For baby bear, make the circle smaller.
  7. Cut out circle and use white glue to apply under eyes
  8. For the nose apply a foam heart sticker to the top portion of the snout.
  9. Cut about 4 inches off your red pipe cleaner and bend into the shape of a mouth.

  10. Use white glue to adhere mouth to the bottom of the snout circle 
  11. Making the ears:
    To make the ears out of cupcake holders

    • Use a foam brush to apply white glue all over the outside of the cupcake holder
    • Pour brown sand (or glitter) into a container
    • Press the cupcake holder into the brown sand (or glitter) until it is completely coated
    • Apply foam heart sticker to each ear. You may need white glue even if it's a "sticker" because of the uneven surface.
    • Let dry completely.
      HINT: The ears will stiffen once completely dry.
    • Use white glue to adhere ears to top (underside) of face

    To make the ears from cardboard or construction paper


    • Trace 2 circles for each bear, each about the size of a can of soda, onto your construction paper or cardboard
    • Cut out the circles
    • Apply 1 foam heart sticker to each ear (or make your own heart from pink or red construction paper and glue 1 to each ear)
    • Use white glue to adhere ears to top (underside) of face
      HINT: You may need to weigh down the ears when drying depending on the curve of your plate.
     
  12. Let dry completely. 
  13. To hang use a hole puncher to make a hole about 1 inch from the top of the paper plate. Thread ribbon through hole and hang with pride!
  14. ENJOY!  
  15. Take a photo and share it with us! You are automatically entered into our WEEKLY GIVEAWAY on our Facebook Page when you post a photo of your finished project and "Like" Us on Facebook! Giveaway is randomly selected.
Shows Bear 1 & 2 with cardboard ears. Bear 3 has cupcake holder ears.
Both of these bear were made with cardboard ears & snouts
Adult bear completed
Baby bear completed
Our bear family!

OPTIONAL IDEAS:
  • Have each family member make a bear to represent himself! These look great hanging as a collection!
  • Add a bow tie to represent a boy bear or a flower in the hair to represent a girl bear! 
  • Write your child's name on it!
  • Paint each bear a different color
  • Do the entire project with construction paper, scissors and crayons only!
For Older Children: An older child can further enjoy this project by customizing each bear. Think of a way to show that each bear represents a particular family member.

For Children with Special Needs: Assist your child as much as needed - but allow it to be his project.  Art projects are great for fine motor exercise, and using creativity.

If you child has a limited attention span, have all supplies ready before having him begin the project.
If your child's small motor skills won't allow him to cut all the pieces necessary, do this for him.
This project is unlimited in the type of art supplies that can be used. You will have no problem accommodating any particular likes or dislikes!

This opportunity for hands-on learning with no wrong choices is ideal to foster self esteem as well. Let him be proud of his very own creation!

Why We Love Crafts for Kids: Art develops creative thinking, provides means of communication and self expression, increases self understanding, strengthens self concepts and confidence, serves as an emotional release, provides decision-making opportunities, develops appreciation for the individuality of others, aids physical coordination, develops work habits and a sense of responsibility, heightens aesthetic awareness and sensitivity, and generates joy!
Associated Educational Activities:  
  1. Learn about making new paint colors! Take some time at the beginning of this project to learn about combining paint colors to make new ones! My kids were amazed by this and really enjoyed it! Some common ones (red+white=pink, red+blue=purple, blue+yellow=green, red+blue+yellow=brown)

  2.  READ! And now a word from our friend Sky from  *SeeryUsMama
    Read the classic tale "". It's a perfect companion to this craft and it's easy enough for children to memorize and act out! They'll also enjoy pointing to their bear creations and telling you who is who!





  3. Go to National Geographic for kids and learn more about Brown Bears


  4. Let your kids make (and eat) some bear snacks! Check out these bear snacks.


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    *Sky (Seeryus Mama) is the mama of two kiddies, Johnny (a tween) and Paige (a toddler), and the trophy wife to her husband Brandon. They live in the middle of Nebraska - otherwise known as The Good Life.  Sky works part-time at the local library, attends college part time, hoping to eventually earn a Masters in Library Science and volunteers for several different organizations. Sky blogs at Seeryus Mama, where it's all about the good life and the products that go along with it.

    1 comment:

    Mommy to a lil lady[bug] said...

    very cute, will be making this soon as we get paper plates!

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