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.
Quick Start Guide
- Read by watching the read aloud video of the story for the week.
- Learn by building connections between concepts from the story and your child’s world through active reading.
- Play one of extension activities to engage and build upon new concepts learned.
If you are new to TigerKubz’s Storybook-based Activity Guide, read the introduction post for more details.
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Brown Bear, Brown Bear What Do You See? Activities
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, 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.
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 Cards
Create cards with images or drawings of the different animals from the book.
Mix them up and ask your child to arrange them in the order they appear in the story.
This activity aids in understanding sequencing and story recall.
Texture Exploration with Bears
Use materials with different textures like cotton balls, sandpaper, and fabric to create tactile bears.
Have your child explore these textures, relating them to the bear in the story, enhancing their sensory skills.
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 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.
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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Sheryll is the proud mom to 3 boys (3, 7, and 14-years-old) and wife to her better half. She is the founder and CEO of TigerKubz and is on a mission to empower parents with tools to easily engage their little learners. When Sheryll is not thinking of creative ways to make learning experiences of everyday life, changing diapers, or chasing after her kids, you may find her in the kitchen trying out new recipes, attempting to fish on a nice day, or jamming out to Disney singalongs with Alexa.