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Bear Masks

Science/Art Activity

In this activity children will learn to identify different types of bears and make masks of their favorite bears.

WHAT YOU NEED

  • Books and magazines with pictures of different kinds of bears
  • Construction paper and oak tag
  • Yarn or string
  • Paper punch

WHAT TO DO

  1. Before the lesson, you may want to create a bear mask stencil out of oak tag. Be sure to include holes for the eyes.

  2. Ask children to name the different kinds of bears they know. If children are unfamiliar with bears, show them some pictures of different bears and help them learn the bears' names.

  3. Then tell children that they are going to make a bear mask of their favorite bear. Distribute the books and magazines and allow children sufficient time to choose a favorite bear. As children are viewing the materials, encourage them to note details about the bears, such as size and color.

  4. When a child has selected a favorite bear, have him or her use the stencil to trace a mask on construction paper. Children can color their masks to make them look realistic. You may want to help them cut out holes for the eyes.

  5. When children have finished their masks, help them attach yarn or string to the sides of the mask. Then have children put on their masks and sit in small groups. Encourage each child to take a turn telling the name of his or her favorite bear and explaining why s/he likes it.

TEACHING OPTIONS

  • You may want to display the masks on a bulletin board with a label identifying each kind of bear.
  • Invite children to wear their masks and act out stories about bears, such as Goldilocks and the Three Bears.


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