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Grab these picnic dramatic play printables and host a teddy bear picnic for your students!
If you go down in the woods today, you’re sure of a big surprise
If you go down in the woods today, you’d better go in disguise
For every bear that ever there was will gather there for certain
Because today’s the day the teddy bears have their picnic!
Benefits of Pretend Play
Why should you encourage pretend play for your preschool and kindergarten students? Because it is brain-building!
Dramatic play is beneficial for your student because it promotes:
- creativity and imagination
- fine motor skills
- gross motor skills
- social development
- language and communication skills
- problem-solving abilities
Teddy Bear Picnic Pretend Play Badges and Posters
The name badges are easy to prepare. Print on cardstock and punch holes as indicated. Add yard to make the badges wearable.
Give each student a badge to wear. If you laminate the badges and use them with dry erase markers, they can be used over and over again. Your student may want to make one for her stuffed animal friend, too.
This set includes three different posters:
- Welcome to the Teddy Bear Picnic
- How to Have a Picnic
- Sandwich Making Station
Teddy Bear Picnic Dramatic Play Sandwich Making Station
The picnic pretend play printables include a variety of items to make a sandwich station.
- Order Forms (includes a color version as well as a black and white version)
Students can use the order forms to wait on each other or to decide what they want on their picnic sandwiches.
- Sandwich Station Food Pieces
Print multiple copies of the ingredients on cardstock and laminate. Add them to small bins and use the ingredient labels to label them. Ingredients included: lunch meat, bread, peanut butter, jelly, tomato, lettuce, onion, cheese, pickle, and fried egg.
- Sandwich Ingredient Labels
Additional Teddy Bear Picnic Printables
This set includes a variety of printables for your students to host a teddy bear picnic.
Picnic Foods Word Cards
In addition to the sandwich station set, several other food cards have been included to help your student recognize words and pack their picnic lunches. Print several copies and let students add these snack items to their brown lunch bags for the picnic.
Picnic Sequencing Activity
The printables include a How to Have a Picnic poster as well as a sequencing page for your students to complete.
Teddy Bear Picnic Invitations
Your student can color and cut out invitations to make for friends as well as his stuffed bear. This is a great way for your student to practice writing his name.
Teddy Bear Hats
Each student can make a teddy bear hat to wear. This printable includes two options: a boy bear and a girl bear.
Teddy Bear Picnic Dramatic Play Props
Consider adding some of these props to your dramatic play area.
- Picnic Blankets
- Brown Lunch Bags (to pack lunches)
- Plastic Ziploc Bags
- Picnic Baskets (or regular baskets)
- Books (encourage students to read to their stuffed animal friends)
- Teddy Bears (and other stuffed animals)
- Play Dishes (plates, forks, spoons)
- Ketchup and Mustard Squirt Bottles
- Sandwich Shop Set
More Pretend Play Center Activities
You may want to add a few craft and activity centers to your teddy bear picnic dramatic play area.
Try some of these:
- Paper Basket Craft
- Cupcake Craft
- Ants Count and Clip Cards
- Watermelon Shapes Tracing Pages
- Watermelon Count and Clip Cards
Teddy Bear Picnic Book List
One activity in your dramatic play area can be a station for kids to read books to their stuffed bears. Here are some bear and picnic themed books:
- The Teddy Bears’ Picnic by Jimmy Kennedy
- Corduroy by Don Freeman
- Where’s My Teddy? by Jez Alborough
- I’m Going to Give You a Bear Hug by Caroline Cooney
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