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WINTER BEARS
 
HIBERNATING BEARS
Winter is a hard time for bears to find food to eat. There are no insects, honey or berries to eat. Fish are hard to catch because they are now all at the bottom of the lakes and ponds, so they won't freeze at the top. The bears decide it's just easier to sleep away most of the winter.
 
HIBERNATING BEARS POEM AND FINGERPLAY
 
HERE IS A CAVE
(Author Unknown)
 
Here is a cave (Make a cave out of your fingers on one hand)
Inside is a bear. (Put your thumb into the cave)
Now he comes out
To get some fresh air. (Take thumb out)

He stays out all summer
In sunshine and heat.
He hunts in the forest
For berries to eat.

When snow starts to fall
He hurries inside
His warm little cave
And there he will hide. (Put thumb back into the cave)

Snow covers the cave
Like a fluffy white rug.
Inside the bear sleeps
All cozy and snug. (Place your other hand over the cave)
 


 
BEAR CAVE ART
Cut a white paper plate in half for your child.
Cut a door (with or without a flap) for your cave.
Have your child color a picture of a sleeping bear on the other plate half.
Now place the cut plate half over the picture half and secure with staples, tape or glue.
Extension: You could also let your child spread glue over the front of the cave and stick on small white cotton balls for snow.