Wednesday, 22 February 2012

Teddy Bears' Picnic

Picnic time for teddy bears. 
We had a fantastic teddy bears' picnic for Discovery this week. Our Mountaineers brought in their favourite teddy or soft toy to share their Discovery session with. 

Our 'Teddy Bears' Picnic' themed activities included:

Decorating teddy bear cookies. A plain round biscuit covered in chocolate icing, two milk chocolate buttons for ears, a white chocolate button for a snout, and teddy bear faces drawn on with gel icing pens.

Using a knife is always a great practical life skill to practice. When possible we try to include cutting and spreading practice with knives.

 This biscuit was quickly gobbled up on the picnic blankets we set out.

Looking after their teddy in the Teddy Bear Hospital. We set up toy cots with blankets for any sick teddies, sticky plasters for those teddies in need (lots of teddies felt better once they had a plaster on), and we cut up material so the children could wrap bandages around their teddies. I used Sparklebox to download Prescription Sheets for the teddy bear patients. We love role-play for Discovery, and this particular role-play opportunity was so popular some children had to line up at the Teddy Bear Hospital door waiting for someone to leave before they could enter.

Making comfortable beds out of boxes and pieces of material so their teddy could rest after their busy morning at school.

Counting with teddy bears from Sparklebox, sorting colours, and matching up lowercase and capital letters on teddies, also from Sparklebox.

Making rubbings with teddy bear shapes cut out of textured paper and card.

Cutting and stapling teddy bear ears to a strip of paper to make a teddy bear headband.

We were also able to use the interactive whiteboards to complete some bear themed activities. I was really pleased to see children taking turns and waiting patiently to have a turn on the whiteboard.

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