Saturday, December 10, 2016

Bear Stays Up For Christmas - Activity & Reading List

With the cold temperatures here we've found ourselves staying in more. As much as cabin fever stinks I would take it over being outside when it's a windy 30 degrees. To keep things fun we've been playing with new Legos, watching new to us movies and reading books we've discovered at the library. The best days are when we have the chance to do a craft that goes hand in hand with our books. This morning I want to share with you a super easy craft that fits with a fun Christmas themed children's book, "Bear Stays Up For Christmas".

"Bear Stays Up For Christmas" is a new to us book and we instantly loved the story. Bear's friends are determined to keep Bear awake for Christmas. So they wake Bear up and have him help them find a Christmas tree, bake cakes, hang up stockings, and sing Christmas songs. Bear stays up, by discovering that giving is one of the best Christmas presents! 

After reading our book, we made a bear of our own. The supplies needed are one white paper plate, glue, scissors, brown tissue paper cut in squares, brown construction paper for a face and ears, white construction paper cut into small ovals for eyes and black construction paper to make eyeballs, a nose and a mouth. Connor loves crafting. From there you assembler your bear. Connor was able to do this craft on his own so it's pretty self explanatory. Start with gluing the brown squares of tissue paper to your plate. Add the white ovals, then the black pupils. Glue the round face, adding the mouth and nose. Finish off my adding ears by gluing them to the back of your paper plate. 

We loved this activity and the book so much that we jumped online and requested a handful of additional winter bear themed books. Here are 5 that we are waiting to read: 

This was the perfect book to cuddle up to last week. With cold weather and a sick family, cuddles with books is the perfect way to spend our sick days. Happy Saturday, friends! 

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