Monday, December 31, 2012

Brown Bear, Brown Bear: Lesson Plan

Theme:  Colors

ReadBrown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? By Bill Martin Jr and Eric Carle

Craft:  Brown Bear Sensory Craft—Print out a picture of a bear.  Microsoft Word has some bear clipart pictures or you can do a quick google search.  Have your child put liquid glue on the bear.  I like to apply liquid glue with a sponge brush or paint brush. If you don't have one no worries just have your child put glue on the bear the normal way.  Have your child sprinkle brown colored food or materials onto the bear.  Wa-la!  You have your very own brown bear!  You can discuss the color, smells and textures of what you are using to decorate your bear as you do it. Have your child write, trace, or color the letter Bb, the word brown, and/or the word bear.

  • Book
  • Picture of a bear
  • Liquid Glue
  • Brown colored food or materials such as:  Cinnamon, nutmeg, chocolate sprinkles, cherrios, chocolate pudding, beans, brown rice, ground coffee, torn brown paper, brown paint
  • Optional---googly eyes
  • Do a similar craft for each of the animals in the story.
  • Retell the story with stick puppets by just printing out pictures of each of the animals in the story and taping them to popsicle sticks.
  • Print out pictures of each of the animals and hide them around a room.  Go on a scavenger hunt and look for each of the animals.  

Not trying to reinvent the wheel here.  The Brown Bear sensory craft was inspired by activities from gummylump and mommy and me book club.  
Check back later in the week with how it went for my 9 month old daughter and me. 


Monday, December 24, 2012

January 2013

The January 2013 theme is colors!  
Here are the books we are going to read this month.
You should be able to get all of these books at your local library.  

January supply list:  
  • Brown Bear Brown Bear What do you See? by Eric Carle
    • liquid glue
    • clip art, photo, or a drawing of a bear printed out
    • brown food like coffee grinds, chocolate sprinkles, cinnamon, nutmeg, beans, Cheerios, etc.
  • Color Dance by Ann Jonas
    • music
    • different colored pieces of fabric, scarves, shirts - whatever you have around the house
  • Mouse Paint by Ellen Stoll Walsh
    • painters tape
    • gallon Ziploc bag
    • finger paint
  • Freight Train by Donald Crews
    • bucket, basket, box -  whatever you have around the house
    • bean bags or different colored socks
  • Pete the Cat - I Love My White Shoes by Eric Litwin

Lessons will be posted Monday morning of each week.  


Thursday, December 6, 2012


Here we go!  Who is ready for some little lessons for their little ones?! Each month the books, crafts, and activities will center around one theme. Here are the themes I have chosen for this year.  

January 2013 - Colors
February 2013 - Letters
March 2013 - Spring
April 2013 - Shapes
May 2013 - Numbers
June 2013 - Summer
July 2013 - Senses
August 2013 - Books/Songs
September 2013 - Fall
October 2013 - Farm
November 2012 - Thanksgiving
December 2013 - Christmas

There will be 4-5 little lessons for each theme.  I will post the books and supply list ahead of time so you have time to get the books from the library and any other supplies you may need.  My goal is to make the supplies simple stuff so you hopefully won't need to go out and buy anything.  I will post the lesson for the week every Monday morning. The lessons are written for preschoolers.  I will be showing how to adapt them down to infants (my daughter is only 8 months old) and the extension activities should be able to work for kids up to Kindergarten. 

Up first....Colors!


Wednesday, December 5, 2012


Welcome to Little Lessons for Little Ones.  Each week my daughter and I will be reading a book and completing a craft or activity.  You are invited to join in on the fun by reading the same books and completing the same crafts and activities.   As I complete the little lessons with my little one it is my hope that other parents will follow along with us and complete them with their children too.  Let us know how it goes by posting a comment after you complete it.  Don't you worry, I will be blogging about how it goes for us.  The good, the bad, and the completely disastrous.  The lesson plans I create have a supply list and extension activites.  I am trying to make it as easy as possible for anyone to participate.  Stay tuned for our first little lesson in January 2013.