Welcome to our weekly storytime blog post. This week’s theme is Bears. From cute and cuddly teddy bears, to big, brown and cranky bears there is sure to be a book about bears you would love to share. You may even like to go on a Teddy Bear’s Picnic.

Theme: Bears

Favourite bear books …

We’re going on a bear hunt / Michael Rosen
This picture book is based on a traditional children’s action rhyme and is retold here by Michael Rosen. There’s nothing to be scared of as you join in the bear hunt crossing a field of long grass, wading through a deep cold river, squelching through mud, making your way through a forest, passing through a swirling snowstorm and tiptoeing into a narrow cave. Not until you come face to face with a big brown bear anyway!

The very cranky bear / Nick Bland
In the Jingle Jangle Jungle on a wet and windy day, four small friends meet up with a very cranky bear. Which of these four animal friends will save the day. Will it be Zebra and his fantastic stripes? Will it be Moose with his marvelous antlers? Will it be Lion and his golden mane? Or will it be Sheep who is so very plain? Find out when you read this fun and humorous story written by Nick Bland.

No Bears / Meg McKinlay & Leila Rudge
Join Ruby as she tells us a tale that most definitely does not have any bears in it. Not even one! Or does it? According to Ruby the most important thing about this book is that there are no bears in it. Ruby is tired of bears and you don’t need bears for a book. But who saves the princess? Is it the fairy godmother or was she saved by a bear? You be the judge.

 Beary fun action rhymes …

Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear Turn Around
Teddy bear, teddy bear, turn around;
(Turn around)
Teddy bear, teddy bear, touch the ground.
Simple Teddy Bear Clip Art(Touch the ground)
Teddy bear, teddy bear, show your shoe;
(Hold out foot)
Teddy bear, teddy bear, I love you.
(Give yourself a big hug)
Teddy bear, teddy bear, climb upstairs
(Climb up stairs)
Teddy bear, teddy bear, brush your hair.
(Pretend to brush hair)
Teddy bear, teddy bear, turn out the light;
(Switch out the light)
Teddy bear, Teddy bear, say “goodnight!”
(Head on hands folded together)

Round and Round the Garden
Round and round the garden
Like a teddy bear.
One step, two step,
Tickle you under there!
(Trace circles on your child’s palm as you sing,
then creep your fingers up their arm for a tickle!)

Cute bear craft …
You will need:
Paper cup
Wiggly eyes
Glue
Craft paper
Black marker
Pom pom
Scissors

Children will develop their fine motor skills making this easy craft. Simply cut head, arm shapes and two ears out of craft paper. Glue ears, wiggly eyes and a pom pom nose to the face. Draw a mouth with a black marker. Glue head to the paper cup as shown in the picture. Glue or tape arms to the side of cup.

If you can recommend any picture books, rhymes, songs or craft ideas about bears we would love you to share them with us.