Preschool Crafts for all abilities!
for Ages 3 Years and Up
Our "Brown Bear" Sensory Craft
- A Variety of Brown/Dark Brown or Tan Colored art supplies like Tissue Paper, Construction Paper, Glitter, Sequins, Gems, Colored Macaroni, Colored Sand, Colored Rice, Colored Lentils, Colored Salt etc. Use whatever you have :)
- White Glue or Glue Sticks
- Brown Bear Template
- 2 Googly Eyes
- Newspaper To Keep The Work Area Clean
up to 30 Minutes plus drying time
What To Do:
- Print out the Brown Bear Template onto white construction paper. I printed it out at 125% to make it larger to work with for my kids.
You'll notice that there's a yellow outline that divides the bear into different sections. Eric Carle's tissue painting technique is such that he paints onto tissue paper, lets dry, and then paints again with another color. He may do this several times. When dry he uses a template of the animal he's going to create on tracing paper. With a sharp cutting tool he places the template over the area of the tissue paper he wants to use, and cuts through both. He does this with each section of each animal. That is why his illustrations are so unique looking. They are actually tissue paper collages that give the characters an interesting look, depth, and vibrancy of color. This art project mimics the idea of using different textures in the segments of the bear. I also did this project using Eric Carle's technique for making his collages and it came out beautiful (I'm going to frame it) BUT it was much too hard for a small child to do. I will show those photos at the end of this post :)
- Apply one of your art supplies to each section of the bear.
- HINT: It's easiest to do glitter or sand FIRST. If you do it last it tends to get onto everything else in your picture when you lift it for the excess to fall away.
- We used Brown Tissue Paper First.
- We used Colored Macaroni for the 2nd part of the body, Black
- Glitter for part of the head, Lighter Glitter for the res of the
- head, tissue paper for the ears, Tan Glitter for the nose.
- Glue googly eyes onto your bear.
- Let everything dry.
- ENJOY! You're done! Show it off by hanging your masterpiece on the wall!
Original Craft Idea Using Eric Carle's Technique
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(Too difficult for small children. For older children & adults)
- Paint your tissue paper using the Eric Carle Technique. Let dry completely.
- Trace the cover of "Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?" onto tracing paper.
- Cut out each bear segment.
- Place each template segment on the portion of your tissue paper that you want to use.
- Cut out each shape from the tissue paper and glue each one to your white paper. (I used double sided tape, actually)
6. When all pieces are completed, add googly eyes and a black crayon to add claws.
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!
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 your child has a limited attention span, have all supplies ready before having him begin the project.
This opportunity for hands-on learning with no wrong choices is ideal to foster self esteem as well.
Substitute any listed supplies for supplies that your child enjoys working with. You can virtually use anything for this project!
For Older Children:
A child 12 years or older will enjoy the Original Craft Idea with adult supervision.
These crafts were inspired Eric Carle's artwork in "Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?" by Bill Martin Jr. This book is full of rhyme and repetition that will appeal to preschoolers. The animals are in bold, beautiful colors and are seen and named in a rhyming sing song text that encourages young children to participate. Wonderful springboard for teaching colors and animals.
Check out these FREE Bear Printables from the TwistyNoodle that you can CUSTOMIZE!
Play A Color Game:
Use a piece of colored construction paper to match each animal color in the book. Have your child match the paper to each animal. You can then have your child name other animals, food, or things in the room that are the same color!
Change the "Brown Bear.." rhyme into a song
(chorus) Mommy, Mommy, What Do You See?
(mommy sings) I see Charlotte looking at me!
(chorus) Charlotte, Charlotte, What Do You See?
(child sings) I see Daddy looking at me!
(chorus) Daddy, Daddy, What Do You See?
(daddy sings) I see Elmo looking at me!
(chorus)Elmo, Elmo, What do You See?
(use Elmo's voice) I see Bear Puppet Looking at me!
Continue using objects ("The Red Ball" or "The White Sock") and people present :) Fun in the car too! Kids also enjoy trying out different voices for the toys and objects too!
Wooden Bear Family Dress Up ON SALE $11.99
(price subject to change. This price at time of original publication of this article 4/11/11)
This wooden dress up toy is time tested and travel friendly too! It's boxed to help keep the piece in one place!
Boxed set contains 45 mix-n-match pieces. Box lid conveniently serves as a puzzle board for storytelling fun. Encourages early emotional expression and development.
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