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BLAST Early Learning
Special Friends

Books:

Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale
by Mo Willems
After Trixie and daddy leave the laundromat, something very important turns up missing.

 

Knuffle Bunny Too: A Case of Mistaken Identity by Mo Willems
Her daddy in tow, Trixie hurries to school to show off her one-of-a-kind Knuffle Bunny. But an awful surprise awaits her, someone else has the exact same bunny!

 

Corduroy story and pictures by Don Freeman
A toy bear in a department store wants a number of things, but when a little girl finally buys him he finds what he has always wanted most of all.


 

Open-ended Questions for Knuffle Bunny Too

  • Do you have a special friend like a bunny, teddy bear, or blanket?
  • How do you think Trixie knew that it wasn’t her bunny?
  • What is different about the two bunnies?
 

Listening Game :

Bear Likes Honey
(www.perpetualpreschool.com)
Sit in a circle and choose one child to be a bear in the center with a musical instrument e.g. sleigh bells (imaginary honey pot).

All the children chant:
Isn't it funny how bears like honey
Buzz, buzz, buzz. I wonder why he does.
Go to sleep Mr. bear, don't peep Mr. Bear.

At this point the child in the center pretends to sleep and a child from the circle grabs the honey pot/bells - and shakes them loudly and hides them behind their back; everyone hides their hands. We all shout "Wake up Mr. Bear, someone has stolen your honey!" The child in the center then has to try and remember where they heard the sound coming from when the bells were shook. They say the name of a child they think has got it, that child either shows their empty hands or the instrument. When the culprit is found then it is their turn to be the bear in the circle. This is a really good test of listening skills!

 

Movement Activity :

Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear

Teddy bear, teddy bear, turn around
Teddy bear, teddy bear, touch the ground
Teddy bear, teddy bear, reach up high
Teddy bear, teddy bear, touch the sky
Teddy bear, teddy bear, bend down low
Teddy bear, teddy bear, touch your toes
Teddy bear, teddy bear, go upstairs
Teddy bear, teddy bear, say your prayers
Teddy bear, teddy bear, turn out the light
Teddy bear, teddy bear, say goodnight


 

Vocabulary Word:

realize: v. to think of or understand
“But a few hours later… Trixie realized something.”
(taken from Knuffle Bunny Too: A Case of Mistaken Identity by Mo Willems)


 

Activities:

Art: Coffee Ground Teddy Bear
(www.perpetualpreschool.com
Have the kids paint bear shapes with watered down glue and then sprinkle coffee grounds on the bears. They smell great and the kids love the
texture!

Art: Teddy Bear Puppets
www.preschoolexpress.com
Give each of your children a teddy bear shape cut from brown poster board. Set out short lengths of brown yarn, and help the children snip them into tiny pieces. Then invite them to brush glue onto their bear shapes and
sprinkle the yarn pieces all over the glue for fur. When the glue has dried, turn each bear shape into a puppet by stapling a craft stick onto the back for a handle. Encourage the children to use their puppets to act out bear rhymes, stories, and songs.


Math: One Little Teddy Bear
www.preschoolexpress.com
Each time you read the following rhyme, invite five children to act it out by holding up their Teddy Bear Puppets, above, one by one. Or have them pretend to be teddy bears and act out the rhyme.

One little teddy bear smiling for you;
Here comes another bear,
and that makes two.
Two little teddy bears just for you and me;
Here comes another bear,
and that makes three.
Three little teddy bears sitting on the floor;
Here comes another bear,
and that makes four.
Four little teddy bears looking so alive;
Here comes another bear,
and that makes five.
Five little teddy bears all in a row;
Watch them dance and twirl around
as off they go!


 

Literature:

Owen by Kevin Henkes
Owen's parents try to get him to give up his favorite blanket before he starts school, but when their efforts fail, they come up with a solution that makes everyone happy.

 

Dog and Bear: Two's Company
by Laura Vaccaro Seeger
Three more easy-to-read stories reveal the close friendship between a dachshund named Dog and a stuffed bear.

 

Dog and Bear: Two Friends, Three Stories
by Laura Vaccaro Seeger
Three easy-to-read stories reveal the close friendship between Dog and Bear.

 

Where's My Teddy? by Jez Alborough
When a small boy named Eddie goes searching for his lost teddy in the dark woods, he comes across a gigantic bear with a similar problem.