Hibernating bears in preschool

Today we explored hibernating bears…

After reading the book “Good Night, Baby Bear” by Frank Asch, my students enjoyed crawling through the bear cave…

We covered a couple of child-sized tables with blankets to turn them into bear caves.  We played a game at first. When I shouted “it is Spring Time!” the bears went through the cave.  When I shouted “it is Winter Time!”, all the bears went into the cave to hibernate (sleep)…

The bears particularly liked to snore while they slept…

The children played in the caves most of the afternoon.  While I read the book, the children took turns holding my teddy bears…

And we sang and danced to a teddy bear action song…

And a few of our children decided it would be more fun to use the ringer from our egg timers to wake up the bears…

It was a beary fun day!

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By |2011-11-05T09:00:41+00:00November 5th, 2011|

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Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. has been working and teaching in the field of early childhood education for over 30 years. Deborah currently owns and teaches in her own part-time, private preschool called The Children’s Studio. Deborah’s deep passion for teaching and working with young children is documented and then graciously shared with millions of readers around the world through her blog and other social networking communities. Deborah believes that young children learn best through play and exploration and embraces this belief in all that she does in her own classroom so that she can effectively and passionately share rewarding, real- life, tried-and-true practices with other teachers, parents, and leaders across the field of early childhood education.


  1. lori November 5, 2011 at 9:53 am - Reply

    We are “hibernating” our class bear on Thursday. We will make a “cave” with a box, paint, and batting for snow. Feed the bear ( fish crackers of course ) and then in she goes. We’ll hang the :shhhh , bear sleeping: sign on the front. Of course there are bear stories and bear games too. And I am incorporating this fun Large Cave idea too.

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. November 5, 2011 at 10:21 am - Reply

      You are on the ball Lori – what great ideas! The kids will have so much fun:)

  2. [email protected] Spirit Mommy November 5, 2011 at 3:11 pm - Reply

    This is SO sweet! What a fun day at preschool, and a great way to learn. 🙂

  3. Marcia November 5, 2011 at 9:54 pm - Reply

    OH your day looks like so much fun. What a great activity!
    Marcia Murphy 🙂

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. November 6, 2011 at 9:22 am - Reply

      Thank you Marcia!

  4. Beth November 7, 2011 at 1:30 pm - Reply

    Very cute! Love the kids under the table! I wanted to invite you to come link up at TGIF Linky Party – https://livinglifeintentionally.blogspot.com/search/label/Linkey%20Parties
    Beth =-)

  5. Shiloh November 7, 2011 at 4:54 pm - Reply

    I LOVE the cave game. One of my favorite kids books right now is Bear Snores On. Hibernation is just such a fun topic.

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. November 8, 2011 at 8:58 pm - Reply

      I just bought that book!!

  6. [email protected] Kids Create November 8, 2011 at 1:54 am - Reply

    What fun, I bet these kids will always remember this book and activity. Thanks for sharing on Monday Madness!

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. November 8, 2011 at 8:57 pm - Reply

      I know I will remember it! It was soooo loud in the classroom!

  7. [email protected] November 13, 2011 at 2:06 pm - Reply

    What a fun and cute activity to do with this book. I especially like the dancing with the teddy bears. Thanks for linking up to Monday Madness. I love ideas that go with books so much.

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. November 13, 2011 at 3:43 pm - Reply

      We love books that go along with fun ideas too!

  8. Marta Vagnone December 10, 2017 at 4:54 am - Reply

    Great great idea !

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