Classroom Activities
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Ten Little Bears
A Counting Rhyme
Classroom Activities
Ten Little Bears
A Counting Rhyme

by Kathleen Hague
pictures by Michael Hague
10 Little Bears,
Time to rise and shine.
One stayed in bed–
Then there were nine.

Counting and rhyming fun!
Counting and Eating Bears!
Here is a fun counting game that kids will just eat up!

What you need:

  • Teddy bear shaped crackers
  • 4 pairs of dice or 4 number spinners with 12 numbers
  • Paper plates

Counting the Number:

  1. Divide the children into four groups. Give each group a set of dice or a number spinner. Provide everyone with a paper plate and twelve teddy bear crackers.
  2. Explain to the children that each child will take a turn throwing the dice or spinning the number spinner. They will use their teddy bear crackers to count out the number they landed on using the dice or spinners.
  3. Keep playing until all of the children in the group have had a turn.
Bears In The Tummy:
  1. Have the children remain in their small groups. Give all the children a cup of juice or milk to accompany this snack time counting game. The children will need at least twelve teddy bear crackers.
  2. Each child will have a turn to roll the dice or spin the spinner. Tell the children that they can eat the amount of bears that matches the number they throw but they must also count out the remaining number of crackers i.e. " I have 12 crackers, I will eat 5 crackers, and I will have 7 crackers left". Encourage the children to count their crackers to solve the problem. Offer the children assistance if needed. Children who use dice and throw a "12" will get to eat all their crackers. Keep throwing and spinning until everyone has eaten up his or her crackers.
Teddy Bear Counters
If you have plastic teddy bear counters children can use them to in the following ways: (Teddy bear crackers can also be used)
  • Subtracting Bears. Invite the children to sit on the floor to listen to the story of Ten Little Bears. Provide each with 10 teddy bear counters. Ask them to remove the number of bears to correspond with story.
  • Weighing Ten Teddy Bears. Invite a small group of children to the math area. Provide them with a pan scale and plastic teddy bears. Ask the children to find things that weigh more than ten teddy bears, less than ten teddy bears, and what weighs the same as ten teddy bears?
Make a Finger Play Use the rhyming text of this book to create a finger play.
  1. Encourage the children to use their fingers to represent the bears in the story.
  2. Recite the text and remove one finger as the number of bears decrease.
  3. All fingers will pop-up at the end when all of the bears come back!
  4. Write the words to the book on chart paper for the children to read as they create the finger play.
Additional Teddy Bear Activities:
  • Invite the children to bring in teddy bears (or another favorite stuffed animal). Ask ten children to use their teddy bears to act out the story. Invite the children to take turns until everyone has had an opportunity to participate. Encourage the children who are not performing to read the story.
  • Teach the children this beloved movement activity: (Children can act out the movements to the rhyme and use their own teddy bears.)

    Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear

    Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear turn around. Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear touch the ground. Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear reach up high. Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear touch the sky. Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear touch your shoe. Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear, I love you!

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