You and your child can create a cozy bear's lair to encourage creative play and vocabulary on a wintery day.
Most young children can tell you that in the winter, bears will curl up in their dens and hibernate until spring. You can set up a simple activity to create a bear’s den, stimulating creative play.
Start by talking about what you already knew about bears, such as:
Then read a few books about bears (if you have them).
Set up a table with your books and a tray of the materials for creating a bear’s lair. Simply setting up a table with materials to explore will draw kids in.
Once kids start to play and explore with materials, encourage them to use the blank books, pencils, markers and crayons to document the stories they are telling. The stories can be informational or fiction. Either way it’s important to let kids explore with language and storytelling by creating language-rich playful experiences. Choose a few key vocabulary words from the books you have read together and try to infuse those words into the story.
Kids are natural storytellers! With this simple invitation, they will be telling stories, learning new facts about bears, and having fun with imaginative play.