Trees aren’t the only thing that lives in forests – brown bears do, too!
If your kids love bears and nature, then they’ll love this easy bear craft! It’s perfect for young children and is a fun way to bring a little bit of the forest into your home or classroom.
As your child crafts this little bear, they’ll work on developing their fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination. You can also use it as an opportunity to talk about forests, bears, and the important role they play in our ecosystem!
We’ve included a free template to make it even easier for you and your kids to create these adorable grizzly bears. All you need are some basic craft supplies and a little bit of imagination to get started.
This would also be a great craft to take with you on your next camping trip or outdoor adventure. You and your child can make the bear together and then use it as a prop for storytelling and playing games!
Once you’ve made this bear craft, don’t forget to check out our other camping activities for kids to keep the outdoor fun going.
Preschool Bear Craft
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We’ve made tons of animal crafts for kids and this one just might be our new favorite! Bear-themed crafts are always a hit with the kids, and this one is super cute.
Whether you’re making it with your kids at home, at the library, or in the classroom, we’re trying to keep it easy.
To help with that we’ve also included a free printable template, so be sure to get your copy! You can print the template onto brown paper or white paper and have your child color in the pieces themselves – whatever works best for you!
Read on below or watch our quick video tutorial to see how we made this paper bear craft.
- Cardstock or construction paper
- Glue stick
- .75″ circle punch (optional)
- Bear template (click the “click here to get your freebie” image at the end of the post)
First, download the bear template. Once it’s downloaded, print it out. Now before the kids can start building their bears, they’ll need to carefully cut out the pieces that they will be using.
Now that your kids have their pieces ready, let’s start assembling our bear’s face. Have them glue the bear’s muzzle right in the middle of its head. Next, they should stick the nose at the top of the printed mouth. Watch as their bear starts to take shape!
Next, let’s assist your kids in giving their bear some sight. Guide them to position the bear’s eyes on either side of the muzzle area, near the top of the head.
For this step, help your kids use scissors or a 1/4″ circle punch to cut out two small circles for the bear’s cheeks. These will be glued just below the eyes on both sides. Once they stick them on, their bear gets its cute rosy cheeks!
Now, it’s time for your kids to glue the head to the body. Guide them to glue the bear’s head at the top of its body, ensuring it’s centered well.
Lastly, let’s help your kids fashion their bear’s ears. Have them glue the inner ear to the center of the outer ear. Once they’re secure, guide them to glue the completed ears to the back of the bear’s head. Now their bear is all ears and ready to listen!
Can you believe how simple this paper bear craft is?! It’s perfect for little kids who love to craft! Be sure to checkout our other fun animal crafts for kids.
Camping Themed Resources For Kids
Camping Unit Study Ideas
If you want to take this bear craft and turn it into a fun little week-long forest animal camp, we’ve got some great ideas for you! Read on below for our favorite ideas.
Camping Children’s Books
Books are a wonderful way to get even further into a theme! On top of that, reading to kids helps them develop a stronger vocabulary and helps them learn to focus. It’s a win-win situation!
Below are some of our favorite books with a camping theme for kids.
The Little Book of Camping- Teach young kids all about what goes into camping with this cute and simple book!
Pete the Cat Goes Camping- This classic book is great for little readers who love Pete the Cat. Read it before going camping to get the kids excited for their trip!
A Campfire Tail- This sweet book is a great way to talk to kids about empathy and friendship. Kids love the fun illustrations and storyline.
Kids’ Camping Crafts
Add in some more of these fun camping-themed craft activities:
Squirrel Craft – We’re so excited to show you this cute little squirrel craft. It’s a great crafty morning activity and only requires a few simple supplies. Plus, it’s really fun and would be perfect for any camping or woodland-themed party.
Handprint Campfire Craft – This campfire craft activity for kids is the best! Not only is it easy to make from paper, but you don’t need any paint either.
Just follow the simple instructions and you’ll have a cool campfire made from your kid’s little hands in no time. Plus, it’s a great way to keep the kids busy during those long summer evenings.
Easy Fox Craft – Looking for a fun and easy paper craft for kids? Look no further than this adorable fox! This craft is perfect for kids of all ages, and it’s sure to put a smile on everyone’s face.
Best of all, it’s inexpensive and only requires a few supplies that you likely already have around the house. However, if your kids want to add some googly eyes or other decorations, we won’t stop them!
Brown Bear Paper Bag Puppet – If you’re looking for some more fun bear crafts, then this paper bag puppet is a must-try! Your kids will have so much fun putting together this cute and cuddly brown bear. It’s an easy craft that also doubles as a toy for imaginative play on those rainy days when they can’t go outside!
Camping Activities For Kids
These color by sight word camping printables are the perfect way to help your little ones practice their sight words. Not only are they fun, but they’re educational too! Just print them out and let your kids go to town coloring the pictures. They’ll be so proud of themselves when they’re done!
Whether you’re looking for a fun activity for your kids to enjoy on a rainy day or you’re planning a camping trip and want to keep them entertained, these camping maze printables are a great option. Not only are they educational and help with problem-solving skills, but they’re also fun.
Is your kid always asking you to go camping? If so, they’ll love these camping I spy printables. I Spy is a classic game that kids of all ages can enjoy, and it’s the perfect no prep activity. But what’s even better is that I Spy can be good for your child’s development.
The act of searching for hidden objects can help to improve visual-spatial awareness, attention span, and problem-solving skills. So not only will your child have a blast playing I Spy, but they’ll also be getting a brain boost!
Our camping worksheets have everything you need to make learning fun and engaging. From writing practice to cutting pages, there are many different ways for kids to learn and play. Both younger and older kids will love these activities! Bring them along on your next camping trip, or use them at home for some educational fun.
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More Animal Activities
- Cardstock or construction paper (in shades of brown, black and white)
- Glue stick
- Bear template
- .25" circle punch (optional)
- Download the printable bear template, print, and cut out the template.
- Glue the bear's muzzle to the middle of the head, then glue the nose to the top of the printed mouth.
- Place the bear's eyes on either side of the muzzle area, near the top of the head.
- Use scissors or a 1/4" circle punch to cut out two small circles for the bear's cheeks. Glue these just below the eyes on both sides.
- Glue the bear's head to the top of the bear's body.
- Create the bear's ears by gluing the inner ear to the center of the outer ears. Next, glue the completed ears to the back of the bear's head.