Playing Preschool - Unit 7: Teddy Bears

Updated: Nov 15

A Companion Guide to Busy Toddler's Playing Preschool Curriculum


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Learning with Lovable Friends

Teddy Bears are a symbol of childhood. They are friends, confidants and cuddle companions. I loved that this unit gave us an opportunity to include them in our learning and that doing so naturally turned into role play. The teddy bears' (and other furry friends) picnic was the perfect culmination of this unit and one of those memorable activities that made me so grateful to be his first teacher.


Building Background Knowledge

Most people know that the teddy bear is named after President Theodore Roosevelt. If you want the full story, you can read Who Invented the Teddy Bear? but you may want to censor it for small children. Beyond that, children are usually already pretty familiar with these cuddly companions.


In addition you may want to think about teaching vocabulary words like "porridge" or "picnic" before reading. We actually made oatmeal to get the full effect.


Video Links


Suggested Books

*Books with an asterisk are my Top 5 Picks to Add to Your Home Library for this unit

Additional Book List

Books in bold are also the suggested books in another unit.

Non-Fiction

Fiction

Additional Resources/Activities

Educational Toys

Activities


Scaffolding/Support


  • I had to front-load the concept of a picnic for my son. You may have a regular habit of eating on a blanket in the grass, but I am embarrassed to say that I wasn't sure that my toddler even knew what a picnic was, much less what it was called. So before we hosted our teddy bears' picnic, I made sure to talk about and show him pictures of people picnicking. When the time came, my toddler knew exactly what to do!


What was your favorite part of this unit? What other books did you read? What other activities did you do? Please share your photos and feedback in the Playing Preschool with Busy Toddler Curriculum Facebook Group in Photos/Albums/Year 1 Themes Teddy Bears


Until next time, may your coffee be warm and your toddler be busy!

Up Next: Playing Preschool: Unit 8 - Things Go Together


See Also: Introduction to Playing Preschool with Busy Toddler, A Companion Guide to Busy Toddler's Playing Preschool Curriculum, Unit 1: Apples, Unit 2: Colors, Unit 3: Nursery Rhymes, Unit 4: Clothing, Unit 5: Food, Unit 6: Five Senses


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