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Wake UP, Bear!

Decorations: Make a bear cave with blankets and chairs, tape bear prints on the floor

"Hibernation Song" (to the tune of "Are you Sleeping?"/"Frere Jacques"):

Bear is sleeping, bear is sleeping
In the cave, In the cave,
I wonder when he’ll come out. I wonder when he’ll come out.
In the spring, In the spring.

Birds are flying, birds are flying
In the sky, in the sky
I wonder when they’ll come back, I wonder when they’ll come back,
In the spring, in the spring.

Where is Bear? (Egg-Shaker Song)
(Tune of “Where is Thumbkin?”)
Where is bear? (hide shaker behind your back)
Where is bear?
Here I am! Here I am! (bring shaker out and shake)
How are you this winter? (pretend to talk to the shaker)
Very tired, thank you.
Go to sleep.
Go to sleep. (hold shaker like sleeping baby)


Teddy Bear (Egg-Shaker Song)
Teddy bears, teddy bears (jump shaker to beat)
Like to sit in teddy chairs. (“sit” shaker in hand)

Then—they—like—to
RunaroundrunaroundrunaroundrunaroundRUN! (sing very fest with shaker in “standing” position, running fast in a circle)

And then be quiet!

Teddy bears, teddy bears
Like to climb up teddy stairs.

Then—they—like—to
RunaroundrunaroundrunaroundrunaroundRUN!

And then be quiet!

Wake Up, Bear
Wake up, bear (quiet)
Wake up, bear (medium)
Wake up, bear. (LOUD)
It’s SPRING TIME, TODAY!

Quiet Down Song: "Roar like a Lion" from Preschool Favorites: 35 Storytimes Kids Love (page 196) Really cute, fun, and it works! One of the moms, who works in a school daycare during the afternoon, asked me for a copy of it.

Read Bear Snores On by Karma Wilson

Activity: Bear Crawl Race
Activity: Snoring Contest

Craft: Bear masks
Snack: Apple Juice and Teddy Grahams

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