Brown Bear, Brown Bear What Do You See?: Engaging Storybook-based Preschool Learning Activity Ideas

Explore the world of 'Brown Bear, Brown Bear What Do You See?' with a variety of preschool activities. These engaging ideas, from arts to interactive games, enhance literacy and motor skills while sparking your child's imagination.

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Brown Bear, Brown Bear free activity theme ideas by TigerKubz

My toddler has a special fondness for “Brown Bear, Brown Bear What Do You See?” by Bill Martin Jr. and Eric Carle. This book holds a dear place in our hearts, as it was the first one he could ‘read’ by himself through memorization at just 18 months old.

The vibrant, simple illustrations and the rhythmic, predictive text made it an instant hit in our household. The book soon became a daily reading ritual, paving the way for a deeper exploration of colors, animals, and the sounds they make. Inspired by my son’s love for this story, I began crafting themed activities that would not only entertain him but also reinforce the learning concepts from the book.

If you haven’t had the pleasure of reading “Brown Bear, Brown Bear What Do You See?”, I recommend finding a read-aloud version online. If you enjoy the story, borrow the book from your local library! It’s a fantastic way to introduce young children to the world of literature. The story, simple yet captivating, revolves around a series of animals, each spotted by a brown bear, leading to a delightful chain of discoveries. Each page introduces a new animal and color, making it a perfect tool for teaching young minds about these fundamental concepts.

As with “The Runaway Bunny“, “Brown Bear, Brown Bear What Do You See?” is more than just a story; it’s a gateway to a multitude of teachable moments and a foundation for early learning. It’s a book that, like many classics, has the power to spark curiosity and a love of reading in young children.

Book-based Learning Quick Start Guide

  1. Read by watching the read aloud video of the book for the week.
  2. Learn by building connections between concepts from the story and your child’s world through active reading.
  3. Play one of preschool learning activities based off the themes from the book to engage in discussions, increase comprehension, and learn new preschool skills.

If you are new to TigerKubz’s Storybook-based Activity Guide, read the introduction post for more details.

Summary of Brown Bear Brown Bear What Do You See

Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? is a classic children’s picture book written by Bill Martin Jr. and illustrated by Eric Carle. The book features a repetitive text structure that takes young readers on a colorful journey through a series of animals and colors. Beginning with a brown bear, the book introduces various animals asking each one what they see. The simple, rhythmic text invites children to predict what will come next, engaging them in the reading process and helping to build their predictive and narrative skills. The book’s bright, bold illustrations capture the imagination of young readers and reinforce color and animal recognition. It’s a beloved educational staple in early childhood classrooms and homes, promoting a love for reading and interactive storytelling.

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Brown Bear, Brown Bear What Do You See? Activities

Brown Bear Brown Bear preschool activity by TigerKubz - Colorful Animal Parade

Colorful Animal Parade

Help your child learn about colors and animals.

Cut out various animal shapes from colored paper, each representing a character from the book.

Then, ask your child to match the animals with their corresponding colors.

Nature’s Own Bear Craft

Venture outdoors and gather leaves, twigs, and other natural materials.

When you get back home, arrange these materials on a paper to form a bear figure.

This activity celebrates the story and encourages creativity and appreciation for nature.

Brown Bear Brown Bear preschool activity by TigerKubz - Nature's Own Bear Craft
Brown Bear Brown Bear preschool activity by TigerKubz - I Spy Game

Brown Bear, What Do You See? I Spy Game

Create an “I Spy” game based on the book.

Draw or use pictures of different animals and objects mentioned in the story.

Then, play a game of I Spy with your child, helping them identify and learn about each character.

Animal Sounds Matching

Play a game where you make animal sounds and ask your child to identify which animal from the story it corresponds to.

This fun activity helps with sound recognition and memory.

Brown Bear Brown Bear preschool activity by TigerKubz - Animal Sounds Matching

Learn About Animal Homes

Enhance your child’s understanding of animal habitats and their place in the natural world by creating an engaging educational experience that links each animal in “Brown Bear, Brown Bear What Do You See?” to their respective homes.

Begin by explaining what a habitat is – a place where an animal lives and can find everything it needs to survive. Create a simple matching game where your child pairs each animal from the book with its habitat.

Engage children in a craft activity where they create mini-habitats using art supplies. This could include drawing, coloring, or even building small models with clay or cardboard.

Story Sequencing with “Brown Bear, Brown Bear”

Create your own set of animal cards using paper and markers or printouts. Mix them up, and challenge your little learner to place them in the same order as the book. This playful exercise strengthens recall, sequence skills, and is perfect for an afternoon of storytelling fun.

Brown Bear Brown Bear What Do You See Preschool Literacy Printable Activities and Book Companion
Brown Bear Brown Bear preschool activity by TigerKubz - Texture Exploration with Bears

DIY Texture Play with “Brown Bear, Brown Bear”

Explore the sense of touch with a “Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?” inspired texture activity. Gather various materials like cotton balls for fluffy fur, sandpaper for a rough touch, and soft fabric scraps. Together, craft tactile bears that your child can feel and compare, connecting the textures to the bear in the story to enrich their sensory experience.

Brown Bear Puppet Show

Craft simple puppets of the characters using socks or paper bags.

Engage your child in a puppet show where they narrate parts of the story, encouraging imaginative play and storytelling skills.

You can also use your puppet as a prop while you’re reading the story to your child!

Brown Bear Brown Bear preschool activity by TigerKubz - Brown Bear Brown Bear Puppet Show
Brown Bear Brown Bear Free Book Printables Color by Number

Brown Bear, Brown Bear Color by Animal

Practice color recognition, counting, and memory skills with this Color by Animal activity!

This activity is included in the ready-to-use “Brown Bear, Brown Bear What Do You See?” learning kit, but we hope you enjoy our complimentary free printables here.

“Brown Bear, Brown Bear” Tissue Paper Art Exploration

Embrace Eric Carle’s art technique with a “Brown Bear, Brown Bear” themed art project. Gather some tissue paper, a variety of paints, and a blank canvas or sturdy paper. Encourage your child to paint on the tissue paper, enjoying the mix of colors and the joy of creating. When it’s dry, tear the paper into shapes and create a collage, much like the illustrations of our favorite brown bear. For a deeper understanding of process art versus product art, and how it benefits your child’s development, learn more by reading the post “What is the Difference Between Process Art vs. Product Art?

Brown Bear Brown Bear Process Art Add-on Kit
Preschool 'Brown Bear, Brown Bear' paper bag puppet craft alongside crayons and a printable bear template, ready for coloring and assembly.

“Brown Bear, Brown Bear” Paper Bag Puppet Craft

Get crafty with your little learners by creating a cute “Brown Bear, Brown Bear” paper bag puppet. This simple and enjoyable craft encourages children to bring their favorite brown bear to life. All you need is a brown paper bag, googly eyes, crayons or markers, and bear features.

As they work on their puppet, preschoolers refine their fine motor skills and have the chance to retell the beloved story in their own words, using their handmade puppet to bring the story to life! Short on time? You can find this craft in the “Brown Bear, Brown Bear What Do You See” preschool learning kit with all materials included!

While these DIY activities are great for at-home learning, our ready-to-use “Brown Bear, Brown Bear What Do You See?” learning kit offers a convenient and comprehensive solution for busy parents. Check out our kit for a hassle-free, engaging educational experience for your child!

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